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Puppies & Kittens

worming_catsIf you have a new puppy or kitten then you need to make sure that it is protected from worms and fleas.

This helpsheet provides best practise guidelines and information.

 

 

 

 

Kittens and puppies are susceptible to roundworms and can be infected at birth from their mothers.   This information sheet provides worming guidelines on how to protect them from worm infestation and damge.

If you have a new puppy or kitten then you can join our healthy pet scheme.  We will design your worming and flea management program for you and then automatically send the products out when the treatments are due.  You can rest assured that your puppy or kitten will be protected from worms and fleas and also that you have minimised the risk of any children being infected with worms.  There is no charge for this service.  You simply pay for the products that you have delivered.

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When should I start worming my puppy or kitten?

You should start worming at two weeks of age and then if you are using Drontal puppy every two weeks or if you are using Panacur at 5 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks of age. 

If you have a puppy or kitten then the Panacur liquid suspension, or Drontal puppy,  is suitable because it doses at  very low body weights, and is effective against protozoa Giardia.spp.

All of these products can be purchased from our shop.

We have prepared a weight chart that shows the correct worming doses for puppies and kittens.

Weight or Puppy or Kitten

Drontal Puppy

 Panacur 2.5% Liquid

Panacur 10% Liquid

 250g

 

0.5ml for 3 dys 

 

 500g

 

 1ml for 3 days

 

 1kg

1ml 

 2ml for 3 days

1ml for 3 days 

 1.5kg

1.5ml

 4ml for 3 days

 

 2kg

2ml

 5ml for 3 days

 2ml for 3 days

If you are at all uncertain then please email or call our consultants on 01267 241136 and they can advise you, free of charge, on the best wormers to use.

Puppies, kittens and children

Puppies and kittens can be dangerous to small children if they are not wormed. Children play with and cuddle their pets and they play in infected gardens and sandpits.  If they get infected then they could have permanent eye damage and even blindness if left untreated.  The roundworm concerned, Toxoxara canis, can also cause severe allergic reactions in children such as asthma and eczema.

Preventative measures to ensure that children are not infected

  • Ensure they always wash their hands before eating
  • Encourage them to avoid sucking dirty fingers
  • Don’t allow children to play on the ground and eat at the same time
  • Be sure that floors are clean where children play
  • Don’t leave young children unsupervised with a pet
  • Fence round play areas to exclude puppies
  • Cover sandpits to keep out puppies and kittens
  • Do not let your puppy foul childrens play areas