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Worm Treatments

Worms can cause debility, illness and even death but most dogs and cats with worm infections show no symptoms at all. You will know your pet is infected if you see worms in faeces or vomit, or around your pet’s bottom but other symptoms of parasite infections are: weight loss, dry and coarse fur, increased appetite, weakness and diarrhoea. Puppies and kittens with severe infections will have a distended abdomen or ‘pot belly’.

Some roundworms can be spread from pets to people and cause blindness so it’s important to have a worm control programme in place for your pets, and to wash your hands before eating if you have been petting your dog or cat. A blind British skier called Kelly Gallagher won gold in Sochi, 2014. She was blind because of a worm infection carried by dogs.

Potential causes

Your pets can pick up worm infections by ingesting worm eggs. This happens when they groom their feet after they’ve come into contact with dog faeces when they are out and about. They can also become infected by eating raw meat or infected prey animals.

Deworming control program

An effective worm control programme will include treating young animals for roundworms, and adults for roundworms and tapeworms. Tapeworms should also be prevented by controlling flea infestations as fleas can carry tapeworm eggs.

Pregnant and lactating animals should only be wormed under the supervision of a vet.