Unlike fleas that can be seen on your pet, worms are internal so may go unnoticed. Worms are also zoonotic in that they can transfer from animal to human. You can take preventative action by practising good hygiene, treating for intestinal parasites in your pet and worming your pets regularly.


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Once they have found their way into the gut, parasitic worms will survive by feeding on the contents of sucking on your pet’s blood. If left untreated, they can be a serious health risk. As they are internal, they may go unnoticed which is why it important to treat your pet at least every three months.

Roundworm in your pets

They are picked up from your pet’s environment and are common in young pets. Roundworms live in the intestine and can be contracted by humans. Signs of an infection may include vomiting, diarrhoea and coughing. Severe infections can cause death.

Hookworm

They can cause serious harm to pets and humans. Once in the intestines, the worms fed on blood. Heavy infections can cause severe blood loss and even death.

Whipworm

Feed on blood and live in the intestine. They can cause serious pain and diarrhoea.

Lungworm

Cats can become infected with lungworm after eating infected mice, rats or birds. They may show no signs at all or develop a serious cough, racing heart and weight loss. Infections can leave permanent scarring of the lungs.

Common Flea Tapeworm

These tapeworms come from infected fleas that are ingested by your pet. They develop in their intestines into larger worms which can case itching when segments are passed through the bottom. Flea control is an essential component of protecting your pet against this parasite.

Taenia Species

There are several other species of tapeworm that can infect our pets. Dogs can pick up the Sheep Measle Tapeworm by eating raw sheep or goat meat.

Outdoor pets have many opportunities to be exposed to worms. Clean up dog faeces in the garden and practice good hygiene with the whole family.

Faeces management is another benefit to changing over to premium food such as Eukanuba Premium Performance or Royal Canin 4800 Working Dog Diet, since these diets produce 80 per cent less faeces than traditional diets.