Worms : All you need to know!

Make sure your pet is worm-free!


Why is it so important to worm your pet?

Well, your unsuspecting pet can be infected with all sorts of different wriggly worms, including:


  • Hookworm
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworm
  • Lungworm
  • Roundworm

Did you know… even if your pet seems in fine fettle, it does not mean that they are worm-free? This is because, not all pets that are infected with worms will show obvious signs of ill-health.  So, beware, as if these worms are left untreated they may cause serious health problems for your pet, including:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Failure to thrive
  • A swollen belly
  • Stunted growth
  • Breathing problems

How can my pet pick up worms?

We all know how inquisitive our pets are, their noses can lead them into all sorts of trouble and seem to get just about everywhere (including up close to every passing dog’s bottom!).  They also have a rather unpleasant habit of eating just about anything and everything – including ‘fox poop’ and dead animals – yuk!


This behaviour makes our pets at risk of picking up worms from wildlife, as well as from other dog and cat pals. Your pet can even pick up worms just by walking on or eating soil that has been contaminated with worm eggs. These parasites really are everywhere! That’s not all, your furry friend will also be more at risk of worms if they are:


  • Fed on a raw food diet
  • Affected by fleas
  • Young (e.g. puppies and kittens)
  • Still feeding on their mum’s milk
  • A keen hunter
  • A scavenger
  • A fox poop lover
  • Play with or ingest slugs and snails (or even lick their slimy trails)


How often should I worm my pet?

Regular use of a veterinary approved worming product is essential to keep your pet and family protected, healthy and worm-free!  We recommend worming your adult cat or dog at least every 3-6 months.

However, your pet may need more frequent worming if they are:

  • Young
  • Prone to fleas
  • Around young children
  • Around pregnant women or those who have low immunity (e.g. elderly owners or relatives, those on chemotherapy)
  • A hunter
  • Fed on raw meat
  • A scavenger
  • Prone to eating grass, slugs or snails or in a high-risk Lungworm zone


Did you know?

Worms can also be passed from your pet to your family. Young children are especially vulnerable, as they have a tendency of putting their fingers in their mouth, and many children develop the strange habit of eating soil (which could contain worm eggs)!


My pet hates being wormed!

Worming your pet can be a challenge, which is why at Dogtor.vet we stock a wide variety of different types of worming formulations to help you, including:

We have something to suit even the fussiest pet, as well as some handy gadgets to help you easily medicate your furry friend with ease (see our Treatment Accessories & First Aid Section).

Psst… hiding their worming tablet in a piece of banana or a small amount of pate often does the trick too!


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