Grove Veterinary Centre, in Ballymena and Randalstown, offer worming help and advice to pet owners. Worms can affect your pet in lots of different way and some may have no visible symptoms at all. Pets commonly acquire roundworms and tapeworms. There may be no signs at all, but look out for weight loss, diarrhoea, poor coat and worms or segments of worms in your pet’s stool.

 

Photo Credit: Eli Duke; Creative Commons

Photo Credit: Eli Duke; Creative Commons

How often should I worm my dog?
Depends on age and lifestyle. Pregnant bitches require worming in the later stages of pregnancy, as large numbers of worms will pass across to the pups during pregnancy, and through the mother’s milk after birth. However, only certain wormers are safe to use at this time and we can advise you on this. Puppies should be wormed with a wormer effective against roundworms every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age and then once monthly until 6 months of age. After this, we recommend that dogs be wormed every 3 months with a wormer effective against both round and tapeworms.

How often should I worm my cat?
Cats which hunt and bring home prey are at an additional risk of worm burden. Like puppies, kittens should be wormed for roundworms every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age. Once into adulthood, we recommend that cats be wormed every 3 months with a product effective against both round and tapeworms.

Worms can be treated with tablets or if your pet has trouble taking tablets you can get a Spot on Treatment. If you need to give your cat or dog a worming treatment or require help with your pet then get in touch with the Grove Vets practice in Randalstown or Ballymena on 028 2565 6023.

Worming your pet – Ballymena