Intestinal worms is not a particularly pleasant topic to talk about but one that affects all of our companion cats and dogs. They are exactly what their name suggests – parasites that live inside the intestines. Common types seen are roundworm, whipworm, hookworm & tapeworm. Depending on the burden of worms in the intestine the effects seen in your cat/dog will vary. You may see weight loss, loss of general condition, vomiting/diarrhoea and even anaemia (in extreme cases) although you may not see any clinical signs at all.
It is important to maintain a routine worming treatment for your pets to reduce the incidence of infection and to reduce environmental contamination. There are a number of different products available (tablets & liquid spot-on treatments) to treat worm infestations.
Tablets that we use in-clinic are Drontal Allwormer & Endoguard Allwormer. These are both used in cats and dogs and should be administered every three months. For puppies and kittens a more frequent dosing schedule is required. They should be treated every two weeks until they have reached twelve weeks of age. For pregnant bitches and queens worming should be done just prior to mating, then then days before whelping/kittening and then again at two and four weeks after whelping/kittening.
For cats that are difficult to administer a tablet to a few diff
erent spot-on liquid treatments are available that treat against not intestinal worms but fl
eas as well. These typically need to be applied every 4-6 weeks to the skin at the back of the neck. Contact the clinic for more information in regards to these products.
As worms can be transmitted to humans it pays to clean up pet faeces promptly (at home and in public areas) and to wash hands after playing with pets and prior to eating (particularly children).