News Article

Worms – an Invisible Problem

Friday, 29 June 2018 - 1:46pm

Nobody likes to think of their beloved pet harbouring worms, but it is an unfortunate possibility when owning pets. Most cats and dogs that venture outside and explore their environment will come into contact with parasitic worms.  You may notice your pets ‘scooting’ their bottom on the floor, having diarrhoea or vomiting, but very often they do not show any outward signs of being infected.

The common worms that dogs and cats suffer from are intestinal worms such as roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and tapeworms. Lungworm can also be picked up by dogs (and very rarely by cats) and can have very severe health consequences as it can affect normal blood clotting function.

It is important to remember that some roundworms and tapeworms can be passed from pets to people. The immune system of a healthy adult can tackle these worms, but if there are children or immunocompromised adults (for example elderly people or people having cancer treatment) then these infections can lead to more serious health problems. Worm eggs can easily be passed on by stroking or cuddling your pets, especially from slobbery dog kisses!

We would always recommend worming your pets at least every 3 months, but there are many situations where we would encourage monthly worming. We advise our clients to use veterinary prescribed worming products, this is because worming products that you can buy ‘over the counter’ elsewhere may not provide full protection and may leave your pet at risk.

And, as a valued client, until the end July 2018, we would like to offer you.

Up to 25% discount off effective treatments for a whole year's protection.

Pop in to the surgery, and ask us about our special offer (please note if your pet has not been seen by a vet in the last 6 months a free health check will be required).

Make sure your pet has the protection it deserves and you'll be one step closer to ensuring your home remains parasite free!  To ask us for information on worm control, including treatments your pet will enjoy, please contact us on 01363 772860.