Pregnant cats (queens)
These should be wormed around the time of giving birth to prevent the transfer of worms via milk. There is no trans-placental transmission in cats, unlike dogs.
Pregnant dogs (bitches)
These should be wormed daily from day 40 of pregnancy until 2 days after whelping to prevent transfer via the placenta or via milk.
What treatments are available for worms?
1) Granules (Roundworm and some Tapeworm) – Tasteless granules which can be mixed in with your cat’s or dog’s food.
2) Tablets (Roundworm and Tapeworm) – To mix with your cat food/dog food or given directly by mouth. Please ask a veterinary nurse to do this free of charge if you find giving tablets difficult.
3) Spot on (Roundworm and Tapeworm) – Some preparations also treat hookworm and whipworm. Some of the flea preparations used on the back of the neck also treat roundworm. There is also a spot on preparation that has been developed especially to treat tapeworm in difficult cats.
We require your pet’s weight to calculate an accurate dosage of wormer.
Remember worm treatments do not have a preventative action – they only eliminate the worms present at the time of treatment. Regular dosing is necessary to keep your pet healthy, worm free and prevent them from contaminating the environment with eggs.
Recommended products for treating worms
The main wormer we use is Milbemax. Please always feel free to discuss your pet’s specific requirements. For example, if you are concerned about the lungworm Angiostrongylus, you may want to consider Advocate which is a monthly spot-on product for fleas and other worms, including roundworm and lungworm, but not tapeworm.
Please ask any of our team for advice on worm and flea prevention and products best suited to your situation.