Regular worming treatments protect your children as well as your pets

Roundworms, technically known as toxocara, can cause serious disease in your pets and, most worryingly, in your children too. In the most severe cases toxocara can lead to blindness in children. It’s not a risk worth taking, so let us help you keep your pet worm free.

It can be difficult to know if your pet has worms, which is why regular treatment to prevent them is so important. A pet with worms is likely to be extra hungry but will be losing weight despite eating plenty. It may suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea as well as discomfort. However some pets are good at hiding these symptoms or may not exhibit any in the early stages so prevention really is better than cure.

Kittens should be wormed monthly for the first 6 months of their lives, starting at 6 weeks old. For puppies treatment should start even younger at 2 weeks old and again monthly until they are 6 months old. All cats and dogs should then be treated every three months.

It’s worth remembering to take your pet’s lifestyle into account. If you have a cat that hunts or scavenges and eats raw meat it will be at greater risk of getting worms and should be treated more regularly. Pets that have had fleas are also at greater risk – another problem we can help you guard against. Click here to more information about flea treatments.

Our recommended tablets protect both dogs and cats from a wide range of worms. If you have trouble getting your pet to take tablets there are also several treatments which can be administered as drops to the back of the neck. Don’t forget, regular treatments like these are covered by our Pet Health Scheme so there’s no need to pay the full cost. Click here to more information about Pet Health schemes.

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