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IDEAL FOR RETESTING FOLLOWING A POSITIVE RESULT FOR LUNGWORM TO MAKE SURE TREATMENT HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE.
1. SCREENS FOR WORMS WHICH LIVE IN THE LUNGS AND HEART
2. FULL LABORATORY REPORT
3. FREE VETERINARY ADVICE* BY EMAIL IF ANY OF THE RESULTS ARE POSITIVE - VALUE £48
Many worms infecting dogs and cats are invisible to the naked eye.
It's important not to assume therefore, that your dog or cat hasn't got any worms, because none are seen in the stools.
And the longer these parasites are present, the more damage they can cause to THE LUNGS, THE HEART and TO OVERALL HEALTH.
THREE MONTHLY TESTING
There is only one way to be certain that a pet is free from worms, and that is to screen regularly every 3 months.
And this is the case even if worming preparation are being given or a natural worm control regime is in place, to make sure these are actually working.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO SCREEN YOUR PET REGULARLY?
1. PARASITIC WORMS ARE A HEALTH THREAT TO PEOPLE AND PETS
Dog and cat worms can CAUSE SERIOUS DISEASES IN HUMANS, including:
- intestinal disturbances
- skin rashes
CHILDREN ARE PARTICULARLY AT RISK of developing health problems as a result of swallowing worm egg or larvae found in soil and the environment (inside and outside the home).
Worms in pets can cause:
- digestive disturbances, bloating and wind
- coughing / severe lung disease
- weight loss, poor condition, anaemia and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)
PUPPIES and KITTENS are commonly affected because many are infected with worms in the womb and shortly after being born.
NOTE: Pets can be infected with worms and not show any signs - particularly in the early stages. Screening helps to prevent significant and sometimes serious damage to the body occurring, as a result of these parasites going undetected for any period of time.
2. TO AVOID UNNECESSARY TOXIC CHEMICALS
Most worming products contain nerve poisons which can cause serious (and sometimes fatal) adverse reactions in sensitive pets, and for this reason they are best avoided whenever possible.
Screening means that treatment with drugs only needs to be given if the presence of worms is confirmed, which is much safer for pets than giving chemical wormers routinely.
3. TO CHECK WORM CONTROL MEASURES ARE WORKING
Worming regularly is no guarantee that a dog or cat is clear because the worms present may be immune to the products used.
The ONLY way to be sure that a pet is worm free is to SCREEN REGULARLY (adults every 3 months, kittens and puppies every 3 - 4 weeks).
4. TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF DISEASE
Some worms can produce 100,000 eggs per day! Each of these can potentially affect a child, adult or other pet.
Screening for worms, along with normal hygiene precautions and the responsible collection and disposal of stools, helps to prevent the spread of disease and keep our environment safe.
- Angiostrongylus vasorum (lungworm / heartworm - dog)
- Crenosoma vulpis (Fox lungworm)
- Oslerus osleri (lungworm - dog)
- Capillaria aerophila (lungworm - cat)
- Aelurostrongylus abstrusus (lungworm - cat)
- Eucoleus aerophilus (Hedgehog lungworm)
- Filaroides hirthi
- other artifacts
How do pets pick up these worms?
- eating slugs, snails, rodents, frogs, birds and other intermediate hosts / carriers)
- drinking water, eating grass, chewing on toys etc. contaminated with slug and snail slime
- sniffing, licking or eating another dog's or cat's stool
- coming into contact with fox poo
What does our Lungworm Kit include?
- full instructions
- stool sample pot
- postage paid mailing box to the laboratory
- screening for LIVE LUNGWORM LARVAE
- the emailing of results
- FREE general veterinary advice* if any of the results are positive
*On the options available and the best way forward.