How You Can Treat Your Pet

While prevention is always the best way to stop infection, there are a number of ways you can respond to one, if your cat has worms. If you catch a case of worms early, they will naturally be easier to control and easier to address with advice from an advisor or vet; here, we explain both over-the-counter and vet-led treatments.

Over-the-counter treatments

Firstly, it is necessary to consult a qualified vet or one of Pets at Home’s flea and worm advisors before you buy over-the-counter treatments. On top of this, you should always use it exactly as directed on the packaging, paying attention to how large a dose you need to give your cat - it may be regulated by age or body weight. Pets at Home requests you answer questions to confirm that you understand how to use such treatments before buying them in store or online, though we always prefer for you to come into the store for a face-to-face chat.

Over-the-counter treatments are, by and large, capable of dealing with every major type of worms, though roundworms and tapeworms tend to be the primary.

Many products are ingested through food. Granules, for example, are made to be sprinkled on meals to effectively treat roundworms and tapeworms. Drops are available for cats, too - these are applied with tubes directly onto the skin, usually at the base of the neck, however this drop treatment only treats tapeworm. Of course, tablets are also available, while alternatives may also come in syrup or paste form.

Preventatively-speaking, adult cats ought to be treated with treatments capable of working against both roundworms and tapeworms every two to six months; this will depend on your cat, and the way they live (hunting, spending lots of time outdoors, etc.).

Veterinary treatments

If your cat’s case of worms is quite severe or cannot be treated using over-the-counter medication, you should seek veterinary advice. They will be able to prescribe a course of prescription only medication for your pet.