Pets can become infested with tapeworm, hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm. Worms can cause serious health problems, especially in puppies and kittens. Both cats and dogs need to be regularly wormed from a young age.
Some worms can even transfer to humans and cause concerning health issues, especially for children and the elderly.
The AdelaideVet Total Wellness Plan includes intestinal worming treatments delivered right to your door every month, plus heartworm and flea protection.
How do pets get worms?
Dogs and cats can pick up worms through a number of ways including:
- Eating worms, eggs or their larvae – parasites like hookworms and roundworms can live in the environments your pet also inhabits like your backyard or the local park. Sniffing, exploring and playing with toys are ways pets can pick up worms from the outside world. Eggs can remain dormant until they are accidentally ingested by your pet.
- From grooming – including licking their paws that may have come into contact with a contaminated surface or that have latched onto your pet’s coat.
- Other infected animals – your pet can pick up worms from infected animals such as rodents, birds, other dogs and cats, sheep and livestock. Keep on eye on your pets and prevent them for scavenging.
- From fleas – Swallowing fleas from grooming can lead to tapeworm infestations, so keeping up with flea prevention is essential.
- From mother to pup – roundworms can be transmitted from an infected mother to the unborn pups via the placenta.
Signs and symptoms
In many cases, worms are too small to spot but there are some things to look out for:
- Small white flecks (worm eggs) in faeces
- Dogs scooting across the floor
- Worms that look like rice clinging to hair, especially around the rear
- Excessive licking of the rear
Following the worming regimen set out by your AdelaideVet vet is crucial to protecting your pet’s health, and your family.