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Nov 12, 2020
Dog and cat intestinal worms can cause disease not only in pets, but also in the people who love and care for them every day.
There are four intestinal worms that can affect dogs and cats: roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms.
If left untreated, worms can cause health risks to your pet suchas diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of appetite or in extreme cases death.
Heartworm should be considered separately from intestinal worms, as they cause a very different disease to other worms, have a different life-cycle, and many products for intestinal worms do not treat heartworm. It is very important that pet owners are aware of the differences between intestinal worms and heartworm, so they can treat their pets correctly for all types of worms.
Some types of worms can be transmitted to people, especially children or frail adults, causing serious disease, so it's important to treat your pets regularly and protect your whole family.
Many infected animals do not show any outward signs of worm infection, so it's important to have a worm control programme in place.
Signs of worm infection can include a rough coat, weight loss and increased appetite, but other signs are possible too.
Below is a list of some possible signs of worm infection in your pet:
Dogs and cats usually become infected when they consume the larvae or eggs of worms when sniffing and licking the ground, licking themselves or other pets, or sniffing and licking faeces.
However, there are a number of other ways they can pick up worms:
Animals can pick worms up in a variety of ways:
There are a number of worm-control steps which all pet owners should follow to prevent serious disease from intestinal worms, including regular worm treatment and good hygiene for their pets.
A good worm-control programme for pets should follow the following steps:
REMEMBER: Worms that can infect your pet can survive on the ground for up to 5 years, so never assume your pet's surroundings are completely free of worms or eggs.
To avoid serious disease in humans from infection with dog and cat worms, all people who handle pets and pet equipment should follow the following guidelines:
To ensure your pets and family stay safe from worms, you should worm your pets with a reputable allwormer treatment at the following intervals:
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