Worms can cause a variety of problems in pets. The seriousness of the complaints are dependent on the type of worm infection and depends on how severe the infection is. At a low number of worms, infections sometimes occur without any noticeable complaints. This can be the case for roundworms and tapeworms.
In all other cases, vague complaints can arise such as weight loss, poor condition, a dull coat, anal itching and mild intestinal complaints. Roundworms cause a bloated stomach or belly in puppies. Hook and whipworms can cause more distinct complaints, such as bloody diarrhoea, anaemia and/or weight loss. Naturally, heartworms cause heart complaints, with the main symptom being tightness around the chest, coughing, reduced stamina and weight loss. Besides the fact that you naturally want to prevent these problems in your dog or cat, worming treatment is also important for your own health! Roundworm infections (and to a much lesser extent hookworm infection) are common in humans. Young kids are especially vulnerable as they get worm eggs while playing outside in a sandpit or grass.
ESCCAP is a non-profit organisation which consists of leading European veterinary parasitologist. This organisation has set up guidelines for worming your pet.
For dogs, the following is recommended:
Puppies should be given a worm treatment at the age of 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks. Afterwards, they should be wormed 4 times a year. For hunting dogs or dogs in areas where the Echinococcus multilocularis (or fox tapeworm) occurs, more frequent worming may be necessary. It is best to discuss this with your veterinary physician beforehand.
For kittens, the advice given is to start a worm treatment at the age of 3, 5 and 7 weeks, followed by a monthly treatment until the age of 6 months. It is desirable to worm 4 times a year for cats over the age of 6 months.
Drontal worm treatment for dogs and cats
At Vetsend, we offer dog worming treatment and cat worming treatment developed by Drontal. This is a premium worm treatment that is effective against the most important roundworms and tapeworms. They offer various film-coated tablets, flavour bone tablets and an oral suspension for puppies. These tablets are available in different sizes, so you can help your puppy as well as your large cat in preventing worms.