As a caring pet owner you should be aware that controlling parasites within your pet is an important part of keeping your pet healthy. But why should you worm your pet regularly when they appear healthy.
Even without showing obvious signs of worms and your pet appears healthy your non-wormed pet could be suffering from a worm infestation.
Furthermore, worms carried by dogs and cats can pose a health risk, not just to the pet in question but to also other animals and to humans.
The main types of worms your pets are at risk from are roundworm, tapeworm, lungworm, whipworm, hookworm, heartworm.
What are the symptoms that your pet has worm infestation?
- Loss of appetite
- Poor coat condition
- Your pet has a potbelly appearance
- Sudden Weight loss
- Worm segments around the anal area
- Continual licking of the anal area
- Your Pet scoots around on its rear end
- Breathing difficulties
How could my pet get worms?
Worms can be anywhere outside or inside, as tiny eggs that are just waiting to be picked up and eaten by your pet. Worms are hard for your pet to avoid and can be acquired from the following sources:
- Contact from the soil, grass and sand, such as in the park, garden or children’s play area.
- Savaging and hunting
- Eating raw meat
- Eating faeces
- Puppies and kittens are commonly infected from their mothers.
- Eating slugs and snails
How often should you worm your Dog?
We at Park Vets advise our client to worm their adult Dog every 3 months with a palatable wormer to suit your dog’s size and condition. These can be given in either a tablet, injection or spot on depending on what worm we are treating.
Puppies 4 to 12 weeks should be wormed every 2 weeks. From 12 weeks to 6 months your puppies should be wormed monthly and thereafter every 3 months.
How often should you worm your Cat?
Worming is recommended in adult cats every 3 months (4 times a year).
Worming your kitten is recommended at 2, 5 and 8 weeks of age and monthly thereafter until your kitten is 6 months old.
For further advice on what products to use and how to administer your worming tablets please give us a call and we will gladly help.
There is now a multi wormer (tape and roundworm) available as a spot on for cats that prove difficult to administer tablets to. This product is called Profender.