Quick help guide on worms

Q – What are worms?
A – In general when we say that a pet has worms we mean that they are infected by one of several types of parasitic worms. These worms live inside your pet and receive nourishment while disrupting their metabolism, and causing the host harm

Q - How does my pet get worms?
A - Your pet can contract intestinal parasites via different routes including:
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Contact with other infected animals
  • Contact with other infected animal faeces
  • From an infected nursing mother (nursing their young)
  • Swallowing fleas carrying the infective stage of tapeworms
  • Eating an animal (such as a mouse or rat) that is carrying a parasite
Q – What symptoms do worms cause?
A - Signs of worm infestations depend on the type of worms that your pet has but, in general symptoms can include:
  • Weight loss
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Diarrhoea
  • Anaemia
  • Scratching, particularly around the base of the tail
  • Vomiting
  • Mild to severe coughing
  • Eating a great deal without putting on weight
  • Bad breath
Q - How do I treat my pet for worms?
A – There are no preventatives available for worms. However, there are many products that are very effective in killing all stages of intestinal worms, these include
Oral treatments such as Drontal and Panacur, and Spot on treatments such as Droncit for cats.

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