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» Worms Glorious Worms

It’s January and if like me you’re tired of all this ‘New Year, New Me’ stuff everywhere don’t worry, this isn’t another one of those! Instead we’re going to talk about worms, little bit different I know.


De-worming your pet is SO important and many people assume that a worming medication works in the same way as flea treatment, in that it kills the worms and then prevents them from getting anymore until you worm them again.. In fact they only clear out any worms they have in their system at that time. When it comes to lungworm which can prove fatal, having the correct worming treatment every month is imperative. This way it breaks the life cycle of any lungworms so they cannot develop and cause life threatening damage.


De-worming your pet is just part of being a responsible pet owner. I know my cats don’t always go to the toilet in my own garden and I’m sure many of yours don’t either. Do you have young children living next door to you or older neighbours who have their grandchildren round to play in the garden? Without worming your pets properly, you could be allowing your cat to put those children at risk.  76% of sand pits in the UK contain worm eggs. That’s a pretty massive statistic and hugely scary! Did you know that 100 children lose part or all of their sight from Toxocariasis every year?


We’re lucky enough to have the South Downs to walk our dogs on, many people leave their dogs faeces up on there if it’s not on the pathway but what about the animals that live up there and graze on that grass? In 2015 58,400 sheep and cattle that had been slaughtered for human consumption had to be destroyed because they were found to have cysts in their muscles from worms. So you can see the importance of worming your pet.


The fox population has quadrupled in recent years meaning the spread of worms is even easier with foxes even picking it up from our untreated pets. Warmer winters have increased the slug population which means lungworm can be carried around even more.
People more at risk of picking up worms themselves are the old, the very young and the immune deficient. Who lets their pets sleep in their beds? Guilty! Who kisses their pets? Also guilty! Pets groom themselves and therefore can transfer worm eggs to their coat which we could ingest in a loving kiss. Totally gross I know!


Anyone still think that worming your pet isn’t important? Please give us a call and we can advise you on what you need to do.

 

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