Dogs & Cats

All kittens and puppies can be infected with intestinal worms before they are born (i.e. when they are in the womb) and through their mother's milk. Once they are older, they can then become infected from worms in the environment. These parasites include roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm, and can cause serious medical problems.

In order to give your puppy/kitten the best prevention against intestinal worms, it is recommended that you follow the prevention regime outlined below.

  • The mother should be wormed 2 weeks before mating and 2 weeks prior to whelping/queening
  • The mother should also be wormed 2 weeks after having a litter
  • For both puppies and kittens, give an intestinal wormer every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age (some wormers can be given as early as 2 weeks of age)
  • Then give an intestinal wormer every month until 6 months of age
  • Then give an intestinal wormer every 3 months thereafter

For more information regarding intestinal worming, please contact the clinic

 

Hookworm infestation can cause pale gums, bloody diarrhoea, weakness and weight loss

 

Hookworm eggs (from puppy above) viewed under a microscope

The puppy's infestation was so severe it required a blood transfusion