What are intestinal worms?
Intestinal worms are a type of parasitic worm that can live in your pet’s digestive system and cause long-term health issues, possibly even death. The most commonintestinal worms found in Australia are:
Dogs (and occasionally cats) contract intestinal worms by eating contaminated grass, faeces, and plants, or from socialising with afflicted dogs.It may not always be possible to prevent an adventurous pet from encountering worms, but you can ensure they do not suffer a serious infestation.
How can I tell if my pet has intestinal worms?
Because worms live in the intestines and compromise the digestive system, the infestation symptoms are common between dogs and cats.
Common symptoms in dogs and cats
- Weight lossbut good appetite
- Abnormally swollen stomach
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- ‘Scooting’ (dragging their bottom)
- Low energy levels
- Evidence of worm eggs in faeces
If you notice any of these symptoms, make an appointment at your Perth vet clinic immediately. Intestinal worms can transfer to humans and other animals, and your pet’s health may decline quickly if you let the worms grow.
How can I protect my pet against intestinal worms?
Thankfully, protecting your pet’s health and happiness against intestinal worms is straightforward, and is mostly the same for cats and dogs:
- Fortnightly treatments from 2-12 weeks
- Monthly treatments from 3-6 months
- 3-monthly treatments after 6 months
Young kittens and puppies are particularly susceptible to intestinal worms. Starting their worming schedule early will not only get them used to the routine but will also help their bodies to develop at a healthy rate.
Worming treatments such as dog worming tablets are effective to control worms, however they may not eradicate worms altogether. That’s why we always recommend a keeping a cautious eye on your dog’s behaviour and hygiene, as well as regularly washing their bedding, cleaning up faeces quickly and disposing of it properly, and making sure children wash their hands after playing with pets.
- Every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age to 12 weeks (3 months), then
- Every month until 6 months, then
- Every THREE months for life (must include tapewormer eg Fido’s Allwormer or drontal all-wormer)
Some top spot treatments also include cover for intestinal worms i.e. Moxiclear
Dogs: Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.
- Every 2 weeks from 2 weeks of age to 12 weeks (3 months); then
- Every month until 6 months; then
- Every THREE months for life (must include tapewormer eg fido’s allwormer or milbemax allwormer)
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