Why Worming Your Pet Is Essential For Their Health

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At Vet-Medic we understand the importance of regularly worming your pets and how their health can suffer if they are not protected due to lack of worming.

There is thought to be around twelve different intestinal worms that can infect dogs and eight which affect cats, including the roundworm and tapeworm.

Pet owners are advised to treat their pets for worms before symptoms are obvious. It is often the case that by the time your pet is showing symptoms of worms, they are already suffering.

With dogs & cats, there is a range of different wormers you could use for treatment and prevention.

What Pet Wormers Are There?

Drontal is known as “Britain’s Number 1 Wormer“, and is favoured by many pet owners.  Its popularity grows from that it is a non-prescription wormer that can kill every type of intestinal worm found in the UK.

If you are wanting to worm your dog, and do not fancy the Drontal, then you can go for Cestem which covers the same range of worms as Drontal, but this tablet is liver flavoured throughout rather than coated, this makes it a lot more palatable for the dog to take.

While Drontal & Cestem are the leading tablet forms, there are also alternative ways you can worm your pet.

Panacur Paste is perfectly formulated for easy administration to puppies, kittens and small breed dogs. So if your pet struggles with tablets then this might be the treatment for you!

There is also a range of granule wormers such as Panacur, Wormazole & Granofen – These can be sprinkled on to the animals food, however always ensure that you watch them during this feeding to ensure that the treatment has been consumed.

Types of Worms

Sometimes the worming process won’t go to plan, If you happen to administer a worming treatment and the animal vomits after you have two options:

1) If it has been over two hours since the tablet was given, then you do not need to re-administer as the treatment would have been successful

or

2) If it has been less than two hours, wait until the animal is back to normal, then either attempt to worm again with the same product, or seek a different worming product.

Worming your pet and getting the right tablet for them can be a case of trial and error, so once you pet seems happy with one type, it is best not to alter this.

We have put together a few quick tips when worming your pets:

Dogs:

When it comes to treating your dog, it is normally advised that an adult dog should be treated four times a year.

It is feasible for puppies to be born with worm larvae and thus, we advise that treatment take place from as early as two weeks old and repeated every two weeks until the pup is twelve weeks old.Reduce the chances of worms

Your dog should be treated at least every three months to stop the spread of infestation and all pets should be treated at the same time.

As with all worming, always monitor your dog or puppy after administering the medication as it can upset their stomach.

If your dog struggles to take tablets, you can either hide them within food or use the Buster Pill Giver

Cats:

When it comes to treating your cat, it is normally advised that an adult cat should be treated four times a year.

Unlike puppies, kittens will not be born with worm larvae present so treatment does need to start until the cat is 6 weeks old.

As with all worming, always monitor your cat or kitten after administering the medication as it can upset their stomach.

If your cat struggles to take tablets, you can either hide them within food or use the Buster Pill Giver Soft Tip

We hope you have found this guide useful.

For more information about this range, or if you have any other questions – Get in touch with John The Vet

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