Worming

We advise worming treatments are administered as follows:

Puppies - from 2 weeks of age, weighing over 0.5kg - monthly

Kittens - from 6 weeks of age, weighing over 0.5kg - monthly

Dogs/Cats - from 6 months of age - every 3 months

 

As there is no preventative treatment to protect your pet, regular dosing is vital. We will need an accurate weight for your pet in order to dispense the correct dosage of treatment (especially for collie and collie-cross breeds).

If your pet does not favour tablets, book a nurse appointment and we can administer the treatment for you. The nurse can also weigh your pet and answer any queries or concerns you have at the same time. Alternatively, ask a member of staff about useful tips or other treatments.

For dogs and cats there are a range of wormers which can be mixed with food. There are also products which can be used safely on pregnant and lactating queens.

 

Roundworms

These are the biggest concern for puppies and kittens because they can be passed through the mother during pregnancy or through her milk after the birth. They can cause digestive upsets, poor growth and a pot-bellied appearance. Roundworms can cause disease in humans, especially children, and can even lead to blindness.

 

Tapeworms

Your pet can pick up tapeworm whilst scavenging and hunting wildlife. They can also get them from fleas and therefore it is important to treat for fleas as well. Tapeworm can be identified when the egg packets are passed in your pet's faeces and stick to the fur around the anus (they look like grains of rice). It doesn't usually cause any signs, however it can be unpleasant for the owner.

 

Rabbits

We use Pancur Rabbit worming paste to control a parasite called Encephalitazoon Cuniculi. It is spread by infected urine or between mother and baby; it can stay active for weeks. Signs of this disease include head tilt, blindness, hind limb weakness, kidney disease, seizures and even death. A 9 day course can help prevent this disease.