Intestinal Worm Preventative Tips

Protect Your Pets And Family From Intestinal Worms

Prevention is better than cure. The importance of prevention in the control of intestinal worms in both dogs and cats should not be underestimated. Some worms that infect pets can pose a significant risk to human health, for example the hydatid tapeworm and roundworm. Worming your own pets regularly will greatly help to reduce the chances of these worms causing problems in family members.

It is generally recommended that both dogs and cats are wormed regularly, every 3 months as adults, for intestinal worms. Puppies and kittens require more frequent worming until they are 6 months old and the usual recommendation is that they are wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age and then every month until 6 months of age. Once 6 months old, 3 monthly worming should be adequate in most situations. Pregnant and nursing bitches and queens also require more frequent worming, to reduce the level of roundworm infection that they may pass onto their young, either through the placenta or their milk. Dogs in hydatid tapeworm areas also require more frequent worming.

Worms are not always easy to detect in your pet. The only way to be sure is to sample the faeces repeatedly and analyse for the presence of eggs. However, some of the common signs that may suggest your pet has worms include: pale gums (anaemia); diarrhoea; a pot-bellied appearance (especially in puppies and kittens); weight loss (despite a good appetite); white segments in the faeces; scooting; or a dull coat. If you are not sure if your pet has worms, you should always consult your veterinarian. Your veterinarian can help with diagnosis and advise you on how best to treat your pet.

The best way to prevent a worm problem is to commence an appropriate and regular worming regime right from the very start.

Preventative treatment

Preventative treatments are the best way to ensure that pets are protected from the risk of disease transmission. In addition, you will also reduce environmental contamination with infective eggs and larvae which pose a threat to the health of both pets and humans.

Guide for the Treatment and Prevention of Worms in Dogs

Age - Treatment

  • 2 to 12 weeks - Treat every two weeks
  • 12 weeks to 6 months - Treat every month
  • From 6 months old - Treat every three months (every 6 weeks in Hydatid areas)

Guide for Treatment of Worms in Cats
Age Treatment

  • 2 to 12 weeks - Treat every two weeks
  • 12 weeks to 6 months - Treat every month
  • From 6 months old - Treat every 3 months

The above should be interpreted as a general guide to worm treatment. There may be specific recommendations for breeding animals, different types of worms or animals in particular situations. In these cases a veterinarian should be consulted.

Worm buster tips

    • Follow these simple tips to ensure your pet and home are protected against worm infestation…
    • Ensure that your dog and cat’s bedding and sleeping areas are always clean (including the dog kennel).
    • Remove faeces from your yard or garden.
    • Ensure that fleas are controlled adequately on both cats and dogs.
    • Never feed your pet raw meat or offal. Feed your dog only cooked meat or commercial food.
    • Always wash your hands after playing with your pet and prevent pets from licking your face.
    • Control intermediate hosts such as rats and mice.


Reading This: This information is intended to provide general information only which may not be applicable to your particular circumstances. If you're concerned about your pets health or are uncertain as to whether a product is suitable for your pets health or welfare, always consult with your Local Qualified Veterinarian.