Worm Prevention

Worm PreventionDogs, Cats, Rabbits and Exotic Pets all need regular worming treatment. At The Pets’n’Vets Family of Practices, we like to come up with a regime for your particular pet.

Your pet may have worms even if you haven’t seen them!


Dogs need very regular worming. We worm them against Round Worm, Whip Worm, Hook Worm, Lung Worm and, if necessary, Tape Worms.

Most worms are picked up by your dog through ingestion in one form or another. Dogs of any age can have worms. Puppies require carefully and regular worming to ensure that any worms they may have received from their mum whilst in the womb or via the milk are killed, puppies also tend to mouth things on walks or in the garden and eat strange things through curiosity.

In the UK there are a range of canine worms some of which can cause harm to your pet; some can even cause fatal disease. Even more importantly our best friends can carry worms that can harm us or our families.  

Worming treatment can be given by way of a spot-on, a tablet or granules. It’s easy! The particular wormer we will choose for your dog will be based upon their risk factors:

  • Is your pet a dog that eats other dog’s poo?
  • Do they like the taste of slugs and snails?
  • Is their toilet training a little hit and miss?
  • Is their best friend a fox?
  • And do you have small children in the house?

We recommend that dogs are wormed at least every 3 months, but in many cases it is best to worm them every month.

Toxocara canis

All pet dog owners should be aware of Toxocara canis, dog round worms. This is a relatively common worm of dogs that is picked up by ingestion of toxocara eggs in another dog’s old poo. Unfortunately this worm can also affect people, this time by accidental ingestion of dog faeces, and it is this worm that has caused sand pits in playgrounds to disappear and the motivation behind the poop-a-scoop campaigns. If the worm gets into a human host it can get ‘lost’, this is know as toxocara larval migrans; if lost the larvae of the worm can end up behind the eye or even in the brain causing blindness or epilepsy. There are approximately 8 cases of larval migrans in the UK every year. Please, let us help you ensure that they are nowhere near your family! Worming is easy!


Giving cats tablets is one of the trickiest things an owner has to do! Luckily we have worming preparations of all sorts, including a spot-on wormer which is extremely affective.

A cat’s lifestyle will greatly affect the worming regime we advise, out-door cats that are also hunter are at the greatest risk of catching worms.

It is wise to worm all cats at least every 3 months, but for those at very high risk we would recommend monthly worming intervals.


Rabbits should be wormed every 6 months. Thankfully there is a product on the market that comes in a paste form which is relatively easy to give.

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