CASTLE VETERINARY CENTRE

61 - 63 Castle Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 1FD see map

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Roundworm

Roundworms, or to give them their proper name Toxocara, are very common in dogs in particular, and may be seen even in new-born pups, as the worm can pass from the dam into the pup before birth. This is why it is important to start worming puppies and kittens at an early age. This helps to keep young animals healthy. Roundworms look like long, thin earthworms. There is also a human risk from these worms; it is not a major health problem, but children in particular can be infected with them, and we recommend that all dogs and cats are wormed at least twice yearly. We will provide a worming schedule for young pups and kittens on request, and can also recommend the best - and safest - drugs to use.

This image shows the head of the cat roundworm Toxacara Cati. Growing up to 10 cms in length this worm does not attach itself to the gut wall, but feeds on the intestinal contents rather than the blood of the host animal.

highly magnified image of a cat roundworm