As a pet owner, especially in the spring, are you thinking about flea and tick
control, but do you also regularly think about worm control in dogs and cats?
This is important throughout the whole year.
Worms are harmful to the health of our pets, but worm infections can also be
transmitted to humans through direct contact or through an infected
environment. That is why it is important to deworm your pet regularly.
Puppies and kittens are already infected with roundworm larvae in the womb or
through breast milk. Later infection from the environment takes place, usually by
taking eggs from the ground (roundworms such as ascarids), via eating an
intermediate host such as flea, a rodent or fresh meat (tapeworms), or via
stinging insects (heartworm in southern Europe).
Our pets are at risk throughout their lives and latent worm infections are
common. It is therefore recommended that every dog and cat be treated
regularly and for life with the right medication.
The worm schemes for puppies and kittens are usually known, but how often do
we have to worm our adult pets?
- It is wise to deworm all pets 4 times a year.
- Hunting dogs and dogs that run most of the time free: deworming every 4-6 weeks.
- Import dogs and dogs that go on holiday to heartworm areas: deworming monthly up to 1 month after returning home.
- Limit the risk of contamination of your pet.
- Good personal hygiene, especially hand washing after contact with pets and before eating.
- Clean up the feces of your pet.
- Minimize exposure of children to a potentially contaminated environment and teach them good personal hygiene.
- Regular brushing of dogs reduces the risk of fur infection with worm eggs.
- A trip to southern Europe? A good insect control on your pet is also important to prevent heartworm disease.