Worming preparations are called endoparasiticides or anthelmintics. These medicines are used for treatment and/or prevention of roundworms (nematodes), tapeworms (cestodes), and lungworm disease. Fleas can carry some types of tapeworm eggs so it is important that your pet is treated for fleas, to help to prevent tapeworm infestations.
It is important that your pet is treated for worms regularly.
There are different methods of giving endoparasiticides to your pet such as topical spot-on, an injection, tablets, or oral paste.
Products are available that can be used on dogs, cats, ferrets or rabbits. Always read the label and only use a product licensed for the species intended.
How often should I worm my pet?
Adult dogs and cats need routine worming every 3 months with a product such as Drontal or Milbemax (a prescription is needed for this). Puppies need rather more frequent dosing- see below.
Can my children be affected by my pets worms?
Yes – particularly round worms especially from young puppies and kittens. Puppies should be treated every 2 to 3 weeks from 2 weeks of age and kittens from 6 weeks our vets can advise you on asuitable product.
How do I give this medication?
- Give this medication to your pet as instructed on the product packaging or as directed by your veterinary surgeon. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
- If the medicine is a liquid, measure the dose with care.
- Have a reminder system in place to indicate when the next treatment should be given.
- DO NOT give your pet more medicine than directed and DO NOT give more often than directed.
- Some medications in the form of tablets have a bitter taste and the tablets should not be crushed or broken.
- Try not to miss giving any doses.
- Wash your hands after handling the medication.
- In the case of accidental ingestion, seek medical advice immediately and show the package, leaflet or label to the physician.
What if I miss giving a dose?
Give the dose as soon as possible and then resume the dosing programme. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
How do I store this medicine?
Keep medicines out of reach of children. Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture. Wrap and dispose of packaging and unused product in your household waste.
Potential side effects
Although any drug can have side effects, it does not mean that there is necessarily a high risk of any of these occurring. There are very few side effects when endoparasiticides are given at the proper dose. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinary surgeon.