Protect Your Family
There is no reason why you and your pet cannot live healthily together, just ensure you, and other members of the family, follow some common sense rules:
- Wash your hands after stroking your pet - it’s coat may contain worm eggs
- Wash your hands after touching soil, sand, raw meat, litter trays, pet faeces or vomit
- Don’t kiss your pet or let your pet lick your face (or an open wound)
- Don’t allow children to put dirt, soil or sand in their mouths or food that has fallen on the floor or the ground – even if it was picked up quickly
- Clean out litter trays daily (and ask someone else to do this if you are pregnant)
- Remove your pet's faeces from the lawn or other outdoor space every day
- Cover your children's sandpits and play areas when not in use
- Ensure your pet isn't able to hunt rodents, or eat raw meat
- Use an effective flea control
- Take your pet to the vet every year to be checked
- Worm your pet regularly – even the most effective worming treatments don't offer long term protection so it's important to treat your pet a minimum of 4 year times a year and many pets will require monthly worming.
Paws for Thought
People with weakened immune systems, the elderly, pregnant women and young children are at increased risk of picking up a worm infection so should take particular heed of this advice.