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Top Tips For Getting Rid Of Worms

Worms are a common and pesky parasite that affects dogs and cats at every age. Pet owners must be vigilant with administering worming treatments against the quickly spreading condition or risk caring for a sickly animal.

Dr. Melissa Meehan from Talk to the Animals offers her top tips on how to best deal with worms...

Top Tips

  • Most pets will suffer from worms at some stage in their lives. The parasite is easily spread between animals. Young puppies and kittens can even be born with worms or get them via their mother's milk.
  • It is very important to start treatment from a young age in order to avoid any health issues such as malnourishment or in rare cases stunted growth or anaemia.
  • Puppies and kittens between 6-16 weeks require a worming treatment every fortnight and then monthly from 4-6 months of age.
  • From 6 months of age, pets require a worming treatment every 3 months for life.

Chat with your vet if you have any further worming or health concerns about your pet.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.