The lowdown on worms for cat and dogs

Posted by Dr Claire Jenkins on Nov 27, 2015 3:30:21 AM
Dr Claire Jenkins

Dogs and cats get worms from eating worm eggs off the ground (they are passed in infected pets poop), through an infected mum passing them to her babies through pregnancy or her milk, or via ingestion of fleas.

Intestinal worms are classified into four main groups:

  1. roundworms
  2. hookworms
  3. whipworms
  4. tapeworms

These are treated and prevented with an all wormer tablet or a topical spot on according to their weight.

Worming schedule for kittens and puppies through to adults:

  1. 2 weeks to 12 weeks old: 2 weekly
  2. 12 weeks to 6 months old: 1 monthly
  3. 6 months old and onwards: 3 monthly (or monthly, see below)

Note re topical spot ons: these often have flea control &/ or heart worm prevention included so they need to be given monthly. They don’t treat for tapeworm so you still need to give your buddy a tapewormer, rather than an all wormer.

Together with medication to treat and prevent worms, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of your pet getting worms in the first place. This is really important as intestinal worms not only cause illness to your fur kid, they can be a potential health hazard for humans too:

  1. Regular poop collection- backyard (minimum weekly) and litter tray (daily)
  2. Watch your dog at parks- try to stop the eating of poop
  3. Wash hands after touching the animals
  4. Don’t let pets lick your kids’ faces!

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Topics: Parasites, worming