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Worming is VERY important to your pet and for you. Worming preparations come in a variety of forms including tablets, powders, liquids and spot-ons
THERE ARE 3 TYPES OF WORM THAT A PET OWNER SHOULD BE AWARE OF IN THIS COUNTRY
In the dog( TOXOCARA CANIS)can be passed to humans and if ingested can lead to BLINDNESS. For this reason treating dogs for roundworms throughout their life is very important.
Puppies and Kittens are often born with roundworms. By three weeks of age, worms may be present in the intestine and will begin to lay eggs, which will then be passed in the faeces. The bitch or queen rearing her young may become re-infested from her litter.
Ingesting eggs passed in the faeces transmits the worms. The fact that worms are NOT seen does NOT mean that the animal is worm-free because usually only eggs are passed and they are INVISIBLE to the naked eye.
TAPEWORMS Tapeworms are chains of egg filled segments that when passed in motions can look like moving grains of rice. Animals become infested by eating FLEAS, wild animals and raw meat. Control of fleas is therefore extremely important in controlling tapeworm. Tapeworms can cause disease in man and can be difficult to eliminate. Cats can become infested with tape worms and round worms from hunting so it is important to worm hunting cats regularly.
This deadly parasite is carried in the slug and snail population. lung worm eggs can be consumed by dogs playing with snails. licking snail trails or carrying articles such as sticks and stones that have been coated with slug or snail trails. Symptoms of lung worm infestation in the dog can be very variable including frequent diarrhoea, haemorrhage, coughing and sudden death. PREVENTION using regular monthly spot on treatment is highly recommended.
Worming Guide for Recommended Products ( as stated by the World Health Organisation)for roundworm:
- Every 2 weeks from 2 weeks to 12 weeks of age
- Every 4 weeks from 12 weeks to 24 weeks of age
- Every 3 months from 24 weeks onwards
E Caniculi is a protozoan parasite that lives inside rabbit cells, It prefers to settle in the kidney and the brain and infected rabbits can suffer a variety of nervous symptoms including limb weakness. twitching and head tilt. The parasite is passed on through the placenta before birth or from spores in the environment deposited in the urine of infected rabbits
We recommend that all Rabbits are wormed to treat E.caniculi when they are newly obtained and regularly wormed if exposed to other rabbits or areas with other rabbits may frequent eg boarding.