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Cat and Dog feeding

Dogs

Worming should start at 2 weeks of age following a protocol of every 2-4 weeks until 12 weeks old (depending on the worming product used), then monthly until 6 months old and thereafter every 1-3 months for life (again depending on the worming product used and the range of worms being protected against - see below). Because of the complexity of worming products available and the fact that no single product provides protection against all worms we would recommend discussing detailed worming regimes with one of our vets.

We are currently recommending the use of a product applied to the back of the neck once a month which protects against a particularly nasty, potentially life threatening lungworm, (angiostrongylus vasorum) spread by slugs/snails/frogs to which young dogs appear to be particularly at risk. It is the ONLY PRODUCT on the market providing protection for this disease. It also provides routine worming for all other round worms with the additional benefits of comprehensive flea, ear mite and sarcoptic mange mite protection.

Dogs travelling abroad under the PETS travel scheme require once monthly worming for the duration of the period abroad against heartworm. This should be repeated 1 month after returning to the UK. (We would recommend discussing worming and other disease prevention steps with one of our vets prior to travelling abroad).

Pregnant bitches require additional and very specific worming from day 40 of pregnancy until 2 days post weaning. We would recommend discussing worming of pregnant bitches with one of our vets for specific advice.

Cats

Worming should start at 2 weeks of age following a protocol of every 2-4 weeks until 12 weeks old (depending on the worming product used), then monthly until 6 months old, thereafter every 1-3 months for life depending on the cats lifestyle (indoors or outdoors, hunting behaviour etc.) For convenience we have an effective worming product which can be applied to the skin on the back of the neck thereby avoiding the obvious potential difficulties of giving tablets to your cat.

Pregnant queens require specific worming. We would recommend discussing worming of pregnant queens with one of our vets for specific advice.

Adult Cats and Dogs

Many people are confused as to how frequently they need to worm their pet. This depends on the animals' lifestyle e.g. indoor/outdoor, diet, environment, access to hunting/raw food etc. A cat kept indoors may only require to be wormed every 12 months whereas a prolific hunter may need to be wormed monthly. We can advise you what will be suitable for your individual dog or cat.

Any worm product only rids the animal of any worms it has at that time. Worming does not prevent subsequent infection therefore a regular regime is necessary. Public health concerns, especially the risks to children, should also be considered when worming your dog or cat.

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