Worming

To protect the health of your pet and your family it is essential that all pets are dewormed on a regular basis using an effective broad-spectrum deworming agent. A number of supermarket deworming products do not cover the full range of worms.  You must ensure you use an allwormer product.

Always combine a deworming program with a flea control program.

It is rare for animal intestinal worms to be transmitted from animals to humans. However, children can pick up tapeworm by swallowing a flea infected with tapeworm larvae (fleas are intermediate hosts for the common tapeworm). Hookworms can infect human skin and roundworms can migrate to the eye and cause serious problems for people. Although these problems are rare, they can have devastating consequences.  Deworming is important for the health and wellbeing of your pet and family.

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Puppies and Kittens

Pregnant bitches should be dewormed 2 weeks prior to whelping. Worms can be transmitted to pups while they are in the uterus. All pups and kittens should be dewormed every 2 weeks from birth until they are 3 months old, then monthly until 6 months of age. From 6 months of age they are wormed as an adult dog or cat.

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Adult Dogs and Cats

Deworm adult animals every 3 months throughout the life of your pet. Be sure to use a dewormer effective against all worms, including hydatids.  If you are using a combination flea product such as revolution or advocate. Please be aware that they do not directly kill tapeworm. For this reason, we still recommend giving a tapeworm tablet or all wormer tablet once every 6 months.

For more information about cat and dog worms please download our owner handout here.