All cats and dogs are at risk of carrying worms if not treated regularly. These are commonly passed on by cats catching wildlife, dogs scavenging whilst out walking or from fleas ingested during grooming (fleas transmit tapeworms).
Regular worming will prevent your pet developing intestinal upsets due to worm infestations. Perhaps more importantly it will minimise the chance of your pet spreading worm eggs into the environment.
Worms transmitted from pets can have serious effects on farm animals and people, for example Toxocara in children.
We recommend worming every 3 months as part of routine responsible pet ownership.
Puppies and kittens are more susceptible to worm infestation and should be wormed monthly until 6 months of age.
Angiostrongylus vasorum (lungworm) is becoming more wide spread in the UK. Lungworm is a life threatening disease which is spread by foxes, slugs and snails. For your dog to become infected they must eat infected larvae. These are often present in slugs and snails and sometimes frogs.
You may not always catch your pet eating slugs or snails on purpose. Often they are accidentally ingested if a snail falls into an outside water bowl or a slug attaches itself to a toy or treat that has been left outside.
Speak to your vet to discuss the best treatments.