The worms that affect cats and dogs can be broadly divided into two main groups:
Puppies, unlike kittens, are born with an existing burden of roundworms which have crossed over from their mother, whilst the puppies are developing, within the uterus. Careful worming of bitches, whilst pregnant, as detailed below, can reduce this worm burden by as much as 98%, thus allowing puppies to be for with much reduced roundworm numbers. We recommend that puppies are wormed using “PANACUR”, starting at the age of two weeks. This drug is by far the most effective are controlling roundworms in cats and dogs. This should be continued, as outlined below, to kill the emerging larval stages of the worms.
Recommended worming protocol for puppies:
Start at 2 weeks of age and then repeat at 5 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. This should be carried out using “Panacur”, as of course lasting 3 days, at each worming. If fleas are seen it is wise to worm against tapeworms too as their lifecycles are interlinked.
Once puppies are 6 months old they should start their adult course of worming.
Recommended worming protocol for adult dogs:
At 6 months old puppies should start their adult worming programme. This should consist of wormer, effective against roundworms and tapeworms. The recommend product is “DRONTAL PLUS” at 6 monthly intervals, or more frequently. If, for some reason, you need to put your dog into kennels then it is recommended that they should be wormed after they have left the kennels.
Recommended worming protocol for pregnant bitches:
it is advised that bitches should be wormed, using “Panacur”, from day 40 of pregnancy to 2 days post whelping. By performing this daily dosing regime the migrating worm larvae can be killed in the bitch, thus cutting the worm burden in the puppies by 98%. This in turn means that the puppies have a considerably better start in life and that the amount of worm eggs (A VERY IMPORTANT PUBLIC HEALTH RISK) shed into the environment is reduced considerably.
Recommended worming protocol for kittens:
Because kittens are not born with an existing worm burden, we recommend that they start being wormed at 5 weeks old and then continue as you would a puppy, with 3 day courses of treatment.
Recommended worming protocol for adult cats:
Adult cats need to be wormed, against round and tapeworms, at least 3 and preferably 4 times a year i.e. every 3 to 4 months. We advise the use of “DRONTAL CAT” which is effective against round and tapeworms.