close
Advertisement
Shop Now
Magazine

Why Worms Are a Worry

How to keep your pets safe from parasitic pests.

pets
iStock

All cats and dogs, at some time in their lives, will stick their curious noses – literally – in other animals’ business and accidentally contract internal parasites – frequently referred to as worms. This can cause health problems in young and old pets alike, not to mention similar ailments in humans.

The most common parasites are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Even healthy-looking animals can be carrying roundworms and tapeworms. In young pets, worms can cause a potbelly, poor growth and diarrhoea. A heavy infestation can even cause a fatal blockage of the intestines. In adult pets, worms can lead to poor coat condition, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Worms also pose a risk to humans – roundworms in dogs and cats (Toxocara), for example, can cause blindness in children, though this is rare. Regular worming is essential to protect pets and people alike. Worms aren’t choosy, and will live happily inside you, too.

How to prevent internal parasites in your pet

Keep worms at bay with these helpful tips.

  • Ask your vet about the most suitable worming treatments for pets.
  • Tapeworms rely on fleas to infest your pets, so regular flea prevention treatment is important.
  • Note on your calendar when treatments are due.
  • Always observe strict hygiene. Dispose of faeces and cat litter every day and wash your hands afterwards. Make sure children do the same and stop them playing with mud. Cover sandpits to avoid cat contamination.


More in Pets

9 Etiquette Rules Every Dog Owner Needs to Memorise

9 Etiquette Rules Every Dog Owner Needs to Memorise

Yes, you love your dog, and you'd like to take them with you wherever you go. But is your dog well-behaved around people and other pets?
7 Unexpected Reasons Your Dog Might Have Anxiety

7 Unexpected Reasons Your Dog Might Have Anxiety

Wondering why your dog's been chewing the furniture, barking, or going potty in the house recently?
8 of the Smartest Animals That Learn Even Faster Than You
10 Shockingly Common Dog Dangers in Your Own Backyard

10 Shockingly Common Dog Dangers in Your Own Backyard

Are you sure your backyard is perfectly safe for your pooch?
The Pet Combinations That Are Most Likely to Hate Each Other

The Pet Combinations That Are Most Likely to Hate Each Other

Just like humans, animals have their own unique personalities. When you pair two different species together it can be harmonious - or the clash of the titans.
Advertisement