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What’s the worst that could happen if I don’t worm my pet?

Blog Home May 7, 2020

What’s the worst that could happen without regular worming treatment?

Well, unfortunately, quite a lot of bad stuff. 

At ITCH, we’re a bunch of pet owners too. Quite a few of us are also busy parents, doing our best to juggle the madness that is everyday family life – so we absolutely get it.

When pets are part of the family, their regular flea and worm treatments are just one more thing to add to our to-do lists.

Sometimes, amongst all the other life admin, they can just slip through the net.  

It doesn’t make you a bad pet owner – it makes you human. And we understand that.

That’s why ITCH is here: it’s our mission to help pet owners never forget to protect their pets again. 

This isn’t just for your pet’s benefit, but for you and your family’s health, too. 

In this blog, we’ll take a look at why you need to keep on top of treatments, and what your regular ITCH worming tablet is helping to protect your pet from.

We’ll also look at what could happen if your pet is left unprotected from worms (and a word of warning – it’s pretty grim).  


Can I just wait until my pet shows symptoms of worms to give them their treatment?


One of the most scary aspects of worms infecting your pets is that quite often there are often no early signs of them whatsoever. 

The worms remain hidden away, deep in your pet’s guts.

Your pet could be playing, sleeping and eating just fine, but inside he may have worms feeding, growing and multiplying.  

You wouldn’t have a clue until it was possibly too late – scary stuff, right?

When pets do show signs of worms, it’s usually at the point when an infestation has got a firm hold of them.

Symptoms can be:

  • Weight loss
  • Dry coat
  • Ravenous appetite
  • A pot-bellied appearance

By this point, you may need to seek veterinary help to treat your pet. 


Which pets are the most at risk from worms, and what should I look out for?

Due to their low immune systems, puppies are the most at risk of picking up worms. 

Worms found in the intestines of older dogs can also go easily unnoticed.

This gives your pet plenty of opportunity to spread worm eggs around your home for you or your children to pick up.

Signs to keep an eye out for include: 

  • Scratching or rubbing their bum (‘scooting’). Pets with worms will often drag their bum across the floor to give themselves a good ol’ scratch from your carpet.
  • Eggs or worms in your pet’s poo or vomit. This is the most common way to spot infection, but remember that not all worms are big enough to be seen.
  • Worms in their fur or around their bum. You might see Tapeworms moving in your dog’s fur or on their body. 
  • Diarrhoea. Any form of upset tummy should always be a cause for concern in your pet, but blood in their poo can be a sign of worms.


Why is regular, preventative worming treatment so important?

The age-old saying is true: prevention is better than cure. 

This is especially true when you consider that the most common worm found in dogs, Toxocara Canis, can be passed on to humans. 

They won’t affect adults too much, but if Toxocara Canis eggs are eaten by children, they can easily move throughout their little bodies.

If these worms then come into contact with their eyes or brains, the child can experience seizures or even blindness. 

That’s why it’s vital that worming tablets are given regularly and on-time to all family pets living in the house.  


Is there a connection between fleas and worms?

Fleas can be infected with the larval stage of the flea tapeworm.

If your pet swallows an infected flea, this could very quickly result in the double whammy of a flea AND a tapeworm infestation. 

It is important to treat your pet for fleas alongside treating them for worms. Think of them as a really iconic duo, like ham and cheese, or Ant & Dec.

You could have one without the other, but in reality, they’re at their best when they’re together.


How does ITCH help me to protect my pet from worms?

The ITCH wormer is available as an add-on to your ITCH subscription.

Our service makes it easy for pet owners to keep on top of preventative treatments – helping them to stay worm and stress-free! 

For most pet owners, it’s recommended to treat for worms at least every 3 months.

If your pet lives in a house with small children, or those with auto-immune deficiencies, monthly worming may be required. Pets who eat a raw diet will also require more regular treatment. 

We’ll tailor your pet’s plan accordingly, depending on the details you share with us. You’ll receive your pet’s worming dosage exactly when it’s needed.

All you need to do is administer it (and for those of you with cats, here’s how to do that without the drama). 


How does the ITCH Wormer work?

Itch Wormer keeps your family safe by killing common intestinal worms. It also prevents newly hatched larvae from growing and multiplying.

In dogs, Itch Wormer

  • Kills all types of intestinal worms commonly found in the UK, including roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms (including larvae)

In cats, Itch Wormer: 

  • Kills roundworms and tapeworms, and stops further development of worm larvae. 

You can add ITCH Wormer to your subscription here. 


What else should I know about worming treatments?

If you take your dog on holiday, you’ll need to make sure that their worming treatment is up-to-date.

When returning back to the UK, a local vet must confirm tapeworm treatment has been administered. This must be recorded in your pet’s Pet Passport.

Worms pose a serious health risk to your pet, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

They are preventable, and if the worst comes to the worst, they are also treatable. 

With regular and appropriate use of ITCH worming tablets, you’ll drastically reduce the health risks for your pet and your family.