Have you ever considered that your pet could have worms?
If not, you should. Left unattended an adult worm can lay up to 20,000 eggs in a year, and some eggs can survive up to 5 years, even in the ground.
After hatching, worms can infect your pet via uncooked meat, rodents, or through the skin. Even a sniff of the ground can be enough to cause infection. What’s worse, animal worms can be transmitted to cause disease in people too. Children, who are often closest to family pets, are most at risk.
1. The eggs of worms that affect dogs and cats are widespread in the environment, and your pet is exposed to them every day. These eggs come from the faeces of other dogs and cats that have worms.
2. Many healthy adult pets carry a small number of worms, but regular worm treatments keeps these numbers low to prevent disease.
3. Fleas host the Common Flea Tapeworm larvae, so if your pet has a flea it will likely carry worms.
4. Worm infestation can adversely affect your pet’s health, look out for these tell-tale signs:
• Anaemia, including pale skin and gums.
• ‘Pot-belly’ appearance, particularly in puppies and kittens.
• Weight loss despite a good appetite.
• White segments in droppings, the coat and around the anus.
• Tail skidding, where your dog sits and rubs its rear along the ground.
• Poor or dull coat.
(NOTE: OTHER DISEASES MAY CAUSE SIMILAR SYMPTOMS)
Fortunately you can take action by worming your pet regularly.
Young animals are born with worms passed from their mothers in utero therefore pregnant and lactating dogs and cats should be wormed regularly to lower the number of worms passed to their young. We recommend worming kittens and puppies every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, and adult cats and dogs every 3 months with a treatment that kills all major worm types.
Ask your trained veterinary staff for the correct dose, worming product and regime to suit your individual pet’s needs.