Treating your dog for worms is hugely important. Not only does it keep them fit and healthy, it helps to stop diseases spreading from your dog to other family members or pets.
If your dog does have worms they’ll usually show some of the following signs :
If you suspect your dog has worms, there are several different kinds, each with slightly different symptoms:
Cats are likely to get worms at least once in their lifetime, making worming even more important. Many of the same types of worms that affect dogs are also found in cats.
The 3 most common types of worms in cats are:
As cats like to groom themselves and spend a lot of their time outside, they’re likely to find infected faeces, rodents or eggs. These are then digested when they groom themselves .
Cats with worms usually have one or more of these symptoms:
To save you and your cat this trouble, speak to your vet about the best treatment to avoid them getting worms.
The best way to keep your pet safe is to start worming them when they are puppies or kittens. If you’ve adopted a pet, this won’t be possible, but talk your vet as soon as you can. Reputable shelters will probably have already started worming treatment and should give you all the information you need to continue it.
Young pets are more susceptible to worms. Puppies and kittens could even already have them if their mother was infected.
Worming treatments should be given routinely from 2 weeks old. This means breeders usually give the first worming treatments. It’s important to check whether your new pet has been wormed and when their next dose is due.
With LV= you can insure your cat or dog from just 8 weeks old, so should your pet contract worms, any treatment required will be covered in our pet insurance policy.