All dogs and cats will be exposed to worms at some point in their lifetime. Puppies and kittens are more at risk of Roundworm infection as these worms are passed across the placenta when they are in their mum’s tummy and also when feeding from her milk. For this reason we have strict protocols set in place that they should be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age and then every 4 weeks until 6 months of age. It is important to note roundworms are a zoonosis and therefore can be passed to humans.
Older dogs and hunting cats are more prone to Tapeworms. The tapeworm relies on a flea as its intermediate host which is why flea control is also important in preventing infection. To prevent tapeworms in your pet we recommend worming with a licensed preparation every 3 months and
also flea treatments every 4-6 weeks. Like roundworms, tapeworms can also be transmitted to humans.
Best ways to avoid you and your pet developing a worm infection:
* Regular worming with veterinary licensed products.
* Routine flea control.
* Correct handling and safe disposal of faeces.
* Good kennel hygiene.
* Avoiding your pet coming into contact with other animals faecal matter.
* Preventing scavenging of carcasses and farmyard waste.
* Feeding a good quality pet food.
* Ensuring you and your children have good personal hygiene. It is important to note that with roundworms the eggs can be present on an infected pets fur therefore not washing your hands afar petting your dog could lead to an infection.