Intestinal worms in dogs and cats

Dog and cat in Spring

Roundworms and tapeworms can affect dogs and cats, and live inside their digestive tracts.

Puppies and kittens can be infected with roundworms from birth, so should be treated in their first few months of life.


It’s not just young pets that are at risk though! Adult cats and dogs can also contract worms, so it’s important to continue regular treatment throughout their lives.

Humans that have accidentally ingested contaminated soil can also become infected, so it’s important to maintain your pet’s worming treatments to prevent this.

The frequency of treatment needed will depend on your pet’s lifestyle, and regular worming is important if you have young children or your cat is a regular hunter and more likely to be exposed to worms.

Please speak to the practice team to learn more about the best treatments and products for your pet.


Tapeworms live in the small intestine and can affect dogs and cats. They have to pass through an intermediate host, such as a flea, before they can infect a pet, and may cause your pet to scoot across the floor.

They also pose a risk to livestock, as infected dogs may poo on their grazing areas and spread the infection.

Treatment options for tapeworms include tablets or spot-ons, and it’s important to maintain flea control all year round to prevent it.

Please get in touch with the your local Willows branch for further advice.