As a pet owner, you have a responsibility to protect your cat or dog’s basic welfare, including protection from worms. Worming your pets is vital, because worms can severely impact you dog and cats health, as well as your families! We recommend all pets in Sydney are protected against worms – prevention for puppies should start from 12 weeks of age. Want to learn more about worms or or scared your pet has worms? Book an appointment with us today.
A large percentage of puppies and kittens are born with microscopically small roundworm, or ascarid, larvae in their tissues. The larvae is introduced right in the mother’s uterus — via migration through the mother’s tissues!
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What is worming & why should I worm my pet?
Worming is giving medication to your dog or cat, in order to prevent them from getting intestinal worms. Most worming treatments will cover all types of intestinal worms, including hookworm, roundworm, tapeworm and whipworm. Intestinal worms can be extremely uncomfortable for pets, and can lead to more serious illnesses such as diarrhea, swollen abdomen and they can also hamper growth, or in severe cases, lead to the death of a pet.
Sometimes, the worm infestation can be passed from animal to human. To ensure that your pet doesn’t get worms, make sure that they receive regular worming treatments. Younger animals require more frequent worming than older dogs and cats. Your vet will be able to prescribe the right treatment.
What worms should I worm against?
There are a range of worms that you should ensure that your pet is offered protection from. For both dogs and cats, it is highly recommended that you protect them against tapeworm, hookworm and roundworm. For dogs, protection can also be offered against whipworm.
Rather than simply buy over the counter products, we would always recommend that you consult a vet. By doing this, the best worming solution can be found for each individual pet. You are then providing your pet with the highest level of enduring protection against these distressing, uncomfortable, and sometimes fatal, conditions.
What is heartworm?
Heartworm is a small thread-like parasitic roundworm and its presence can have a major and detrimental effect on the health of your pet. It is a debilitating disease and dogs need particular and specific protection against it.
Unlike other worm infestations which can often be prevented by worming treatments carried out to comply with a standard schedule, heartworm treatments need to be carefully tailored to an individual pet’s own requirements. Key factors such as current age and heartworm status need specific consideration, and therefore these and other factors should always be carefully discussed with your vet.
When should I worm my pet against intestinal worms?
Effective worming programs should begin at an early age and are slightly different for puppies and kittens.
With a young dog, the process should begin when they are just two weeks old. This should then continue at two weekly intervals until they reach three months. Then, wormers are provided once a month until they reach six months of age. From that stage onwards, worming should be done once every three months.
For cats, worming also starts at two weeks, and then at the same intervals until the kitten reaches eight weeks of age. The process is repeated four weeks after, then every three months onwards.
My pet is difficult to worm what should I do?
Some pets may not want to cooperate, and may refuse to eat the tablet, or spit it out. Try hiding the tablet in their food or small piece of meat, to disguise the smell and taste. If they still refuse to eat it, your vet may be able to help or recommend an on-the-spot treatment, where a worming treatment is applied directly to the skin between your dog’s shoulder blades.
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