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Preventative Healthcare - Cat Worms

Cat Worms

Keep your pet and family safe!

Using our prescriptions for worms will control all the important worms that your cat may pick up. Please ask us for advice on the best choice from our range of safe & easy worming options.

What can worms do to my cat?

With mild infestation your cat may still appear healthy, however a heavy worm burden can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, weight loss and can weaken your cat’s immune system making it more susceptible to infection. It is also a little embarrassing to find a tapeworm segment on the clothes of a visitor who has been making a fuss of your cat.

What can worms do to my family?

The greatest threat to human health is from the larvae of the roundworm Toxocara. The eggs of these worms may be picked up on the hands of children from either the pet or the environment. Infection then occurs when children put unwashed hands in their mouths. Although serious consequences are quite rare, these worms can cause blindness, heart problems and epilepsy in children.

How would my cat get worms?

Kittens can get roundworms from their mothers. Worm eggs are also picked up from the ground where faeces have been left. During grooming your cat ingests these eggs. Tapeworms can be picked up when pets groom and swallow fleas that are infected with tapeworm eggs and also hunting cats will pick up tapeworms from eating small mammals. Tapeworms in the UK are not a risk to humans.

How can I control the problem?

Using Prinovox every month not only prevents fleas, it also keeps your cat completely free from roundworm (Toxocara). As the cat is being wormed continuously there is no chance of him putting your family, or other pets, at risk by passing out worm eggs.

Tapeworms are not common locally & not a risk to pet or human health,
but can be treated specifically if seen.

Please feel free to discuss any aspects of parasite control with a vet or one of the healthcare nursing team.

Abbey Vets Key Points


•  Worms are a threat to the health of your family and your pet

• Worms are very common in our pets

• Regular worming is necessary to control infestations

• Kittens can be infected before they are born so worming is advised at an early stage of their life.

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Treatment of sick and injured animals is obviously a very important part of our work, but we are great believers in preventative medicine.