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.
Adult dogs and cats need routine worming every three months with a product such as Drontal or Milbemax (a prescription is needed for this). Puppies need rather more frequent dosing- see below.
Yes – particularly round worms especially from young puppies and kittens. Puppies should be treated every two to three weeks from two weeks of age and kittens from six weeks our vets can advise you on a suitable product.
Give the dose as soon as possible and then resume the dosing programme. Do not give your pet two doses at once.
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.
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.