Pets with worm infestations generally have no symptoms until it’s too late.
Roundworm and tapeworm are parasitic worms that household animals are susceptible to (and lungworm in dogs). These worms often have no symptoms which means they have time to develop into infestations before they’re noticed; this can be fatal.
Most pets catch worms from swallowing fleas, which carry worm eggs. You should regularly treat your pet for fleas to reduce their risk of developing worms this way.
General indications that your pet could have worms include weight loss, increased appetite, coarse/dry fur, weakness, sickness, diarrhoea and pot belly in young animals.
Kittens and puppies can be born with certain types of worm. It is extremely important that you regularly treat your pet from an early age to eliminate existing worms and prevent problems in the future.
Because worms can be transferred to humans it is important that you and your family wash your hands thoroughly before eating. You should also make sure that your pet’s food and water bowls are cleaned regularly and that all faeces is disposed of daily.
Treatments for worms can vary depending on the species of animal you have, their breed and size, and the type of worm you are trying to eliminate. At Jerry Mc Carthy Veterinary Clinic we strongly advise you speak to a member of our team about suitable treatment for your pet.