We advise de-worming your pet from 8 weeks and then monthly until 6 months of age, thereafter we recommend your pet is de-wormed at least every 3-4 months. You must remember that no de-wormer lasts for any period of time they literally pass through the intestine, clear out the existing infestation; if your pet ingests further worm eggs, they will mature within 2-3 weeks.
We recommend using Milpro for dogs and cats and Profender spot-on for those cats difficult to tablet. The advantage of using veterinary de-worming medication is that one dose kills all common worm types. Milpro and Profender are prescription-only-medications and a legal prerequisite exists that your animal must have been seen by Fred in the past twelve months; this is to allow us to prescribe it for you.
The worm life-cycles can be as short as 2 weeks, which means that frequent de-worming is necessary, with some worm eggs remaining viable in the environment for 2-4 years. Most puppies and kittens are born with worms or infected very soon afterwards, either through intrauterine infection or via the milk.
The majority of worm eggs ingested by your pet are from self grooming as worm eggs are attached on their coat due to the animal licking their bottoms then grooming themselves. Cats will also pick up tapeworms from eating their hunted prey, these worms can be recognised as flat whitish motile segments, generally around your pet’s bottom.
Vigilance should be taken in households with young children as worms from pets can infect people and cause serious illness. Ocular Larval Migrans is when roundworms are ingested by humans and these worms migrate behind the eyes and can cause partial blindness. Remember that good hygiene is the best way to protect yourself and your pets from worm infestations, whilst encouraging children to wash their hands after playing with animals, especially when they’ve been outside. Remove your pet’s faeces as soon as they have been passed, especially in public places.
For further information on worming protocols or specific products please contact the surgery on 01483 480040.