What types of worms are there?

There are 3 types of worms in the UK:

  • Roundworms – resemble strands of spaghetti. Puppies and kittens are exposed from their mothers. Roundworm larvae are a serious human health risk and if transmitted to children can cause blindness.

  • Tapeworm – look like strings of flattened grains of rice. The larval stages are carried in other species eg rabbits and mice but also in fleas. Pets may become infested by hunting/scavenging but also by grooming and ingesting a flea containing a larval stage.

  • Lungworm – The early stages of this parasite affect the lungs and severely infected dogs may show signs ofcoughing however other signs are more common. Lungworm is carried by slugs and snails. The parasite survives in the blood vessels and releases substances which affect the clotting of blood making infected animals more prone to bleeding disorders.

Why is worming important?

Regular worming treatment is an essential part of responsible pet ownership

  • To protect the health of our pets. Large infestations can make pets clinically unwell, especially young animals.

  • To protect family and members of the public.

  • To protect livestock – Tapeworms in dogs can be passed to sheep causing fatal brain damage.

When should you worm?

Worming programmes vary with age and individual animal and it is important to remember not all worming products treat all worms.

  • Puppies and Kittens under 12 weeks – It is recommended to worm every 2 weeks.

  • Puppies and Kittens between 12 weeks and 6 months – It is recommended to worm every month.

  • Pets over 6 months old – This depends on the product used, our routine wormer is Milpro which is recommended once every 3 months.

If your pet is pregnant please call the surgery for the most appropriate worming protocol for your pet and their litter.

For the best worming protocol for your individual pet please contact the surgery to speak to one of our fully qualified veterinary nurses.