Pets commonly harbour both Roundworms and Tapeworms. Your pet should be treated regularly, as these worms are a threat to you, your pet and especially your children. Therefore we place more emphasis on the human health aspect when dealing with this issue.
Puppies and kittens are most prone to roundworms. They pass out microscopic eggs, so a motion that is clear does not mean that your pet is free of worms. The most obvious sign with puppies that have worms is a "pot belly" abdomen. Puppies and kittens should be wormed every few weeks until they are six months of age. Remember to allow for weight gain when determining the dosage rate.
Pets over 6 months of age develop a certain level of resistance to roundworms. They should then be wormed with a complete wormer every 3 -4 months in order to combat all possible types of worms.
We recommend that all pregnant dogs and cats should be wormed 3 weeks before and after giving birth to prevent passing worms onto their offspring. This is the most common way that new-borns pick up worms.
Do not hesitate to contact any of our staff or your Vet to answer any queries you might have or to obtain the correct worm dose for your pet.
The lifecycle of Fleas and Tapeworms are closely related and interlinked and should both be controlled together.
Fleas should be prevented by regular use of effective products, especially during the six warmest months of the year if your pet lives outside or all year round if your pet is kept indoors. See our factsheet on Fleas for more details.