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Worming

            

         

There are many different types of worms that can infect your pet, and in a healthy animal it is impossible to know if they are carrying a small amount of worms. Only when a worming treatment has been given, and the worms have been killed, will you then see them passed in your pet's faeces unless they have an overwhelming worm burden.

If a worm burden is left to multiply it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss, a dull coat, irritation around their back-end, a bloated stomach and sometimes even lung damage.

To protect your pet we advise worming them at least every 3 months as a routine, that's just 4 times a year. If your dog is a fan of eating unsavoury things on a walk, or if your cat is a fantastic hunter, we would recommend worming them every month.

The dosage of worming treatment all depends on weight. Feel free to pop into Newton Vets at any time for a FREE weight check so we can make sure your pet is receiving the right dosage.

We can treat against:

  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Whipworms
  • Lungworms

The most common species of roundworm can also infect humans. Children are at the greatest risk, and once the worm travels around the body it can infect the eyes causing blindness.

                               

If your pet has fleas then it will also be infected with tapeworms. Cats and dogs get tapeworms by eating fleas when they groom themselves. This is why you should always give a monthly flea prevention treatment as well as a worming treatment.

                             

Lungworm is a parasite that can infect dogs that have eaten slugs and snails. It causes lung damage and can be fatal if left untreated. By applying a monthly spot-on treatment or giving a worming tablet, it can be easily prevented.

RABBITS

Rabbits also need worming every 6 months if kept outdoors to prevent against roundworms, tapeworms and Encephalitazoon Cuniculi (E.cuniculi). E.cuniculi is a very common infection, but a very difficult one to treat. It causes head tilts, hind-limb paralysis, urinary incontinence, cataracts, seizures. It is easily preventable with worming just twice a year.