Worming your pets regularly is very important both to protect them, & to protect yourself & your family & other people. Children are especially at risk from worms from your pets. The NHS have given guidelines for dog & cat owners to prevent themselves and other people getting toxocariasis, which can be a very serious disease. Visit http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Toxocariasis/Pages/Pr... to have a look at this advice. This includes worming you dog or cat regularly. International guidelines recommend all weaned puppies and kittens should be wormed every month until six months old. All cats & dogs in contact with children should also be wormed every month. Research has shown that worming your dog or cat less than four times a year is very ineffective at controlling worms.
Lungworm is an increasing problem in dogs in Yorkshire. This can be fatal for dogs. Monthly worming with a product which is effective against lungworm is needed to prevent illness from this worm.
Milprazon is a very affective worm tablet (for example it controls 11 different species of worms in dogs including roundworm and lungworm) which is available from Airedale Vets at £11.38 for a box of four tablets. One tablet is needed for say a 20 Kg dog. We recommend worming monthly for the reasons outlined above, this works out at less that £3 a month. This is available for cats, small dogs, kittens and puppies for the same price or less.
The two most important worms in cat & dogs are roundworm & hookworm, cats & dogs commonly get both. The eggs which these worms produce are so small you need a microscope to see them. Roundworm-eggA recent study showed that over fifty percent of dogs had either roundworm or hookworm or both. These are both dangerous to humans Surveys in Leeds & London found large numbers of roundworm eggs in dirt & soil samples taken from pavements & parks. Most puppies & kittens get infected with roundworm from their mothers, either before they are born or in the milk.
A roundworm egg
Links for more information (click on the blue underlined text to get more information on these worms)
Lungworm is an increasing problem in the north of England, probably caused by global warming. An infected dog often dies. Dogs can become infected by eating snails. Click on the blue underlined lungworm for more detail.
Fox Lungworm is not usually as serious of Lungworm. Again this affects dogs. Fox lungworm can cause damage to your dog's lungs.
Whipworm. Whipworms suck blood from your dog. Clinical signs of massive infections with Whipworm are hemorrhagic enteritis, with mucus and blood in the faeces and often foul smelling. Concurrent anaemia may also be present. The slow development time of T. vulpis, together with mainly sub-clinical signs, may be the reason for the general belief that whipworm infections in dogs may be less pathogenic. However, infections may cause reduced growth in young dogs and wasting.
Heartworm Although not a problem in the UK (apart from in inported dogs), this is a big problem in Europe especially southern Europe.
We have a product which you can put on the back of your dog or cat, this one product is effective against Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Lungworm, Fox Lungwrom & Heartworm, it is also very effective in treating fleas, Sarcoptic Mange, ear mites& biting lice. It is also a very safe product. There is no other product which does all this. This is the flea & worming product which Peter Eccles treats his own pets with. This product is a prescripton only medicine (POM) & therefore we can not advertise it. Please ring the surgery for details or to get some for your pet.
New Conditions In Humans Found To Be Caused By Roundworm.
The European Scientific Counsel for Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP), highlighted strong links between the roundworm (Toxocara) and common health issues in humans. Numerous studies which have linked Toxocara to conditions in humans such as asthma, allergies, epilepsy and even learning difficulties. It has been known for a long time that Toxocara causes eye problems including blindness & other serious health problems, especially in children.
Speaker and ESCCAP chairman, Maggie Fisher, highlighted one study which involved 425 children with a persistent cough and 1600 children who were not displaying symptoms as a control group.
The findings from this study show that 32 per cent of the children with a cough tested positive for Toxocara antibodies, compared to 17 per cent of the control group.
Furthermore, Maggie pointed towards a US study which suggested a link between the worm and reduced cognitive function in children.
In this study, children testing positive for antibodies to the parasite scored far lower on both verbal and manual tests, as well as maths and reading tasks.
Interestingly, Maggie noted, studies also indicate an indefinite or non-existent link between pet ownership and increased risk of toxocara infection, suggesting the highest risk is from the environment.
Maggie explained that as toxocara eggs can take weeks to become infectious after being passed in the animal's stools, worming and picking up waste is essential to reducing these environmental risks.
This research shows that it is very important to worm cats & dogs regularly with modem & effective work treatments to protect your pets, but also to protect people who have direct or indirect contact with your pet. A recent study showed that over 30% of dogs where infected with Toxocara. Some of the older wormers have showed to be very ineffective at treating dog & cats fo Toxocara. Please contact your vet for advice on the most effective treatments for Toxocara & other worms & parasites which cause problems in humans.
Both dogs & cats can get tapeworm. For a dog or cat to get tapeworm, your pet has to eat some type of raw meat. One of the most comon ways cat and dogs get tapeworm is when they groom themselves and eat a flea by mistake. Cats can get both Tapeworm & Roundworm from eating mice. See our special offer page for a new product that kills tapeworm in cats