- Charter Veterinary Hospital, Roundswell, Barnstaple
- Bridge House Surgery, Pilton, Barnstaple
- St. John's Surgery, Newport, Barnstaple
- Mullacott Veterinary Hospital, Ilfracombe
- South Street Surgery, Braunton
Worming Your Pet
Worming your pet every month or 3 months is essential to maintain your pet’s health and eliminate public health dangers.
What are we worming against?
We are worming against three main types of worms:
These can be transferred to your pet in three ways:
- In the womb
- Via the mother’s milk
- Contact with eggs in the environment
Signs of a roundworm infestation include weight loss, anaemia and vomiting. In extreme cases death, due to heart failure, may occur.
These are transferred to your pet when an infected flea or louse is swallowed; therefore regular flea control is also necessary. The tapeworm can also infect your pet if a contaminated bird, rodent or sheep is eaten.
A tapeworm infestation can cause vomiting and diahorrea.
Tapeworm segments are usually visible around the anus or passed in faeces.
The lungworm Angiostrongylus vasorum (also known as French Heartworm) is a parasite that infects dogs. The adult of this particular lungworm lives in the heart and major blood vessels supplying the lungs, where it can cause a host of problems. Left untreated, the infection can often be fatal.
The lungworm parasite is carried by slugs and snails. The problem arises when dogs purposefully or accidently eat these common garden pests when rummaging through undergrowth, eating grass, drinking from puddles or outdoor water bowls, or pick them up on their toys.
Foxes can also become infected with lungworm and have been implicated in the spread of the parasite across the country. Advocate is licenced to treat this.
Cats become infected with Aelurostrongylus abstrusus by ingesting intermediaworm4te hosts such as snails or paratenic (paratenic describes an intermediate host which is not needed for the development of the parasite, but nonetheless serves to maintain the life cycle of the parasite) hosts (birds, rodents etc).
After ingestion, the larvae pass into the intestine. The larvae penetrate intestine wall and migrate to the lungs in the blood, once they have matured to adult worms (approx 40 days) they lay eggs, these hatch into microscopic larvae which are coughed up, swallowed & passed in the feces. Advocate would be our recommended treatment this (off licence).
Worming Treatments For Your Pet
Puppies and kittens
On collection of your puppy or kitten check with the breeder if they have administered any worming or flea preparations prior to you taking the puppy or kitten home. This enables us to be sure when your next worming dose is due.
We recommend using a monthly spot-on product (imidacloprid and moxidectin*), which can be applied from 7 weeks of age in puppies and 9 weeks of age in kittens. You will receive a free dose at your puppy's first vaccination. This will treat your pet for one month against:
- Lungworms (dogs)
- Ear mites
- Fox mange mites (dogs)
Monthly spot-on worming (imidacloprid and moxidectin*) should continue monthly until your pet is six months old.
Dogs and cats from 6 months
For pets using a monthly spot-on (imidacloprid and moxidectin*), we recommend a tapeworm product at 6 months of age. This should be repeated every 6 months.
For pets on other flea control products we recommend a tapeworm every 3 months.
Recommended Tapeworm products:
- Drontal Plus Dog
- Drontal Cat tablet
- Spot-on (emodepside and praziquantel*****) for cats
Please speak to one of our healthcare team for personal parasite diary.
Pregnant bitches and queens
There is specialist advice for worming your pregnant bitch or queen, please ask one of our healthcare team members for further advice.
Veterinary licenced products are the most effective, but must be used at the correct time intervals and correct dose for your pets body weight.
This information has been provided by Bayer the makers of: Advocate*, Seresto Collar**, Advantage***, Advantix**** and Profender****
If you have any further questions on parasite control for your pet, please telephone us and speak to one of our veterinary surgeons or veterinary nurses, who will be happy to advise you.
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