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Worming advice

Amy Holloway

I was right, my wormer came just a few days later! Now many cats will suffer the indignity of having a tablet forced down them. This is not tolerated by myself no matter how hard the people in green (nurses would you believe-I thought they were supposed to be nice to you!!) try to get me to swallow one. They appear to have learned I am not going to allow the indignity to happen so I now have to undergo the same procedure as for my flea treatment. This is not pleasant but I will allow it to happen as I used to have no home and found having creatures living on or in me is most uncomfortable.

The cat wormer they used- Profender, is a spot-on so is applied in exactly the same way the flea treatment; a drop on the skin of the back of the neck. Luckily this only needs to be done every 3 months.

According to the vets here and people in green, although worms  cannot be seen they can cause serious damage to us animals and can even spread diseases to you humans. Here is some information about the different types of worms you need to be aware of so you can protect us!

Roundworms live in the intestine & feed on gut contents. Worm eggs can be picked up from contaminated soil & dog to dog contact from eggs in the dog’s coat. Puppies are usually born infected & both puppies & kittens become infected via their mother’s milk. People in contact with infected pets are at risk from Toxocariasis where migrating roundworm larvae can cause permanent damage to human eyes.

Hookworms attach to the gut wall & feed on the animal’s blood. Larvae can be picked up from contaminated soil & develop into adults within 2 weeks in your pets gut. They can be very damaging, especially to young animals, causing diarrhoea, anaemia, weight loss & apathy. Dogs can contract fox hookworm passed on via foxes faeces.

Whipworms are mainly seen in dogs & given the chance will embed their head in the large intestine & feed on the blood. The whip like action of the tail end will cause further damage to the lining of the gut.

All tapeworms attach to the intestinal wall. They look like long, flat ribbons, divided into segments. The mature tapeworm segments are filled with eggs & individual segments break off, passing via faeces into the environment. The flea tapeworm uses the flea as a host & infects your pet by them swallowing fleas whilst they are grooming. Once in the gut the worm larvae carried by the flea begins to develop into an adult that can reach 50cm. Hunting cats are particularly at risk from being infected with mouse tapeworm. Cats & dogs can also become infected by tapeworms if they scavenge dead animal carcasses or are fed raw meat.

Transmitted by mosquitoes, heartworms can infect pets if they travel abroad. They can develop in your pet’s bloodstream, & then live as adults in their heart which can prove fatal.

Our vets and nurses in green can advise on suitable worming treatment for all you animals so you don’t have problems with any of these little pests!

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