Why You Need to Deworm your Pet Regularly and How to Do it

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Why Should I Deworm my Dog?

How to Deworm your Cat or Dog

Deworming FAQs!

Intestinal worms - those nasty wrigglers can be a real bother and be unsafe for your family. Fortunately, you can prevent this being a problem with a regular pet worming regime.

Follow our advice on regularly deworming your cat or dog and you’ll be saying sayonara to those slimy little ringworms, tapeworms, whipworms and lungworms and hookworms in no time.

Why Should I Deworm my Dog?

Worms can really make your pet's life a misery. Symptoms of a gastrointestinal worm infection can cause tummy pain, diarrhoea, weight loss, weakness, and anaemia. They can even be fatal in puppies and kittens.

But that’s not all! They can also infect (and sometimes seriously harm) humans, especially young children or those living with weakened immune systems.

 All this trouble can be easily prevented by regularly deworming your pet. Itch Wormer kills all common intestinal worms and comes in a tailored dose for your cat or dog based on their size.

How to Deworm your Cat or Dog

It’s best to give your pet their worming tablet before they’re due to be fed so that they’re hungry and gobble it down. 

Before administering any tablets, always double-check the dosage your pet needs to avoid accidentally giving them too much. If this does happen, you'll need to ring your vet asap. Itch will send you a dose of Itch Wormer for dogs or Itch Wormer for cats tailored to your pet based on the information you provide us on their size and breed.

Depending on what your furry friend prefers, you can split the tablet in half or into quarters, hide it in their favourite treat or just pop it directly into their mouth (click here for some tips on how to give your cat worming tablets!)

Make sure that your pet has swallowed the worming tablet completely and isn’t hiding it in their cheek to spit out when you’re not looking. Sneaky…

Not all pets will take tablets easy, breaking up as small as you can and hidden in food or wrapped in a treat will usually do the trick. The most important thing is that the whole tablet dose is swallowed, how that is will depend on what works best for your pet.

Deworming FAQs!

  • What to Expect in the First Few Hours after Deworming your Dog

    Dogs and cats should behave normally after being dewormed but in some cases, there are mild side effects.

    They may occasionally vomit shortly after taking any oral medication so keep an eye on them for 2 to 3 hours after administering the worming tablet. Giving your pet some food along with their tablet may help stop this from happening.

    If they vomit the tablet whole, take a breather, and then try again later. If they vomit and the tablet is partially digested or not visible at all, contact your vet for advice.

    You may notice some other gastrointestinal symptoms such as a lack of appetite or diarrhoea but they’re typically mild and short-lived. If you notice more severe side effects like salivation, muscle twitching or seizures, contact your vet straight away.

  • How Long do Worming Tablets Take to Work?

    Worming treatments will start working pretty much immediately after they’ve been ingested by your dog or cat. It can take up to a couple of days for the worms to be eliminated from their system.

  • Will my Pet Pass Worms after Deworming?

    If your pooch is dealing with a heavy worm infestation, you may see dead worms in their poo (or even their vomit). Don’t be alarmed, this is completely normal! Good riddance, we say.

  • What if I see Live Worms after Deworming?

    If you see any worms twitching or wriggling in your pet’s poo, it’s nothing to worry about. Rest assured they’ll die soon - sorry not sorry, worms!

  • Is it Safe to give Puppies and Kittens Worming Tablets?

    Itch Wormer is safe for kittens and puppies over 8 weeks old. Not only is it safe but with the risk of worms causing fatalities in puppies and kittens, it’s also very important not to wait until your pet is older before starting to give them regular wormer treatments - more info in this article.

  • How to Keep Your Pet Healthy After Deworming

    Congratulations, you’ve successfully dewormed your pet! But don’t get too carried away - although the worms that set up camp in your pet’s guts are long gone, there are others waiting to take their place.

    To prevent worms causing problems for your pet and your family, it's recommended that an adult dog or cat is dewormed at least every 3 months. There may be situations when more frequent treatment is necessary for those at higher risk, especially in roundworm infestations. If you have a persistent roundworm infestation, please chat to your vet. 

    It’s also always a good idea to responsibly dispose of dog poop immediately and practise good hygiene to prevent your furry friend from becoming re-infected or infecting other animals and humans.

Kill the wrigglers with Itch Wormer!

Itch Wormer for dogs and Itch Wormer for cats kills all types of intestinal worms commonly found in UK dogs and cats - roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, lungworms and whipworms, and we'll tailor your pet's dosage accordingly depending on the details you share with us! With a regular Itch subscription, you’ll receive your worming treatment exactly when you need it so that you never forget to protect your pet from worms.

Please take note: pregnant animals and young kitten or puppies should only be wormed under the supervision of a vet, but you can do the job yourself the rest of the time.

We’re here to help!

We’re a dab hand at treating and preventing worms if we do say so ourselves. The pet wellness pros in our customer service team are ready to support you with any advice you might need. Click here to find out how to contact our team of experts.



Worming Treatment

How Often Should You Worm Your Pet?

Intestinal worms are no picnic. They can cause a whole host of health problems in your pets including diarrhoea, tummy pain, weight loss and anaemia. In extreme cases, they can even be fatal. As if that’s not bad enough, they can also do some serious damage to people too! But how often should you worm your pet? The answer depends on various factors, including the type of pet, their age, lifestyle, and risk of exposure. This post explores how often you should worm both cats and dogs. We'll also discuss whether puppies and kittens require more frequent worming and provide some ideal worming schedules to keep your pets healthy and thriving.

Worming Treatment

How to give your cat worming treatment - without the drama!

As any cat owner will tell you, cats really don’t like to do what we ask of them at the best of times. This can be especially true where worming tablets are concerned! As much as your cat might hate taking their wormer (and as much as you might hate being the one who has to administer it) the reality is that they have to take it.

Without regular worming, cats are at risk from tapeworms, roundworms and other nasty worm parasites that can make both them and your family really poorly.

Click here to buy and read up on Itch Wormer for cats.

Worming General

How Do Pet Worming Tablets Work

Pet worming tablets are an integral part of maintaining your furry companion's health and well-being. These tiny yet powerful medications play a crucial role in preventing and treating worm infestations in dogs and cats. But have you ever wondered how pet worming tablets work? Look no further as we delve into the world of deworming tablets, exploring their mechanisms, effectiveness, and the options available for both dogs and cats. We'll also address the perennial question of tablets vs. liquid dewormers and explore natural worming alternatives. By the end, you'll have a clear understanding of how these treatments work to keep your pets healthy and thriving.