Worms

Worm prevention should be taken seriously in pets as worms can be transmitted from our pets to people.

OVERVIEW

There are many types of intestinal worms including the roundworm, hookworm or tapeworm. Other worms such as hookworms are not visible to the naked eye. If you see worms in the stools, it is important to treat your pet immediately. Pets should be dewormed on a regular basis.

SIGNS

Common signs of worms:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Scooting
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Anaemia with hookworms
  • Fleas with tapeworms

Common signs of a Roundworm infection:

  • Common in puppies
  • Spaghetti-looking worms
  • Pot-bellied look
  • Poor coat
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Increased or decreased appetite
  • Coughing

Common signs of a Hookworm infection:

  • Anaemia - pale pink gums
  • Poor coat
  • Poor growth
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Pneumonia

Common signs of a Tapeworm infection:

  • Flea infestation - tapeworm is transmitted through the ingestion of fleas
  • Tapeworm segments appearing around anus - cucumber seed-like
  • Diarrhoea

MANAGEMENT

Example of an intestinal worming schedule for pets:

  • Every 2 weeks from 2-12 weeks of age
  • Monthly to 6 months of age
  • Every 3 months from 6 months of age

Always seek advice for a tailored intestinal, heartworm and flea control program for your pet.

TIPS

Tips that may help prevent worms:

  • Regular worming with good quality de-worming medication
  • Parasite control for fleas
  • Cleaning up of faecal material daily
  • Prevent ingestion of faecal material
  • Toilet training so that a dog will go to a certain area to toilet
  • Prevent your pet from ingesting their own or other animal droppings
  • Do not allow pets to eat food from the ground
  • Avoid wildlife from entering your home property