Did you know that, unless you worm your pet regularly it is often difficult to avoid them acquiring worms? Here are the major ones to treat:
Tapeworms are long segmented flat worms, living in the small intestines where they shed mobile segments containing eggs, which pass out in the faeces. The eggs may then be eaten by an intermediate host, including small rodents and fleas. Cats catch and eat small rodents and pets swallow fleas as they groom, reinfecting themselves with tapeworms.
Roundworms, resembling white pieces of string, also live in the small intestines. They shed thousands of tiny eggs, which pass out in the faeces and pollute the environment. Dogs and cats are re-infected by unwittingly eating eggs in the environment. These eggs also pose some risk to humans if inadvertently swallowed.
Lungworm caused by Angiostrongylus vasorum, is becoming more and more widespread over time. It only infects dogs and can cause problems ranging from heart failure, to clotting problems and blood loss in affected dogs. It is also spread by intermediate hosts – in this case slugs and snails, so dogs that eat molluscs are at risk.
To control worms in your pets and the environment you need to: worm your pets regularly, use regular flea control, and try to prevent dogs eating slugs and snails and clear up faeces.
We will be happy to advise you on the most suitable worming and flea control regime for your pet, so please call the clinic if you would like any further information.