As many owners will never have to deal with their pet having worms, it can be easy to think that it is not worth worrying about. However, worming is vitally important to keeping your pet healthy, and should be carried out regularly to help prevent your pet from becoming infected.
What are worms?
There are various different types of worms, any of which can infect a pet’s intestines. These include hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms. They are usually caught via the faeces of another infected animal, but can also be caught from fleas. It is also possible for young animals to become infected from the milk of an infected mother.
Some common signs of an infected pet can include diarrhoea, weight loss, vomiting, as well as dry and course fur. However, it is possible for a pet to show no signs at all that they have been infected, making it even more important to have your pet wormed regularly.
If left untreated, the parasitic worms will continue taking the nutrients from inside your pet’s body, leading your pet to become weaker over time. This can also cause your pet to be less able to deal with common illnesses, and in severe cases can even be fatal.
How can I prevent my pet from catching worms?
The best method for preventing infection is to give your pet a worming treatment from your vet. The specific treatment will depend on which type of pet you have and how big they are.
If you haven’t done so already, speak to your vet about what regular treatment you should be using to prevent worms.
You can also help stop infection by keeping your pet’s environment clean. It can help to regularly clean their food or water bowls and toys, particularly if they have been left outside for any period of time.
If you need any advice about making sure your pet stays healthy, or need guidance or assistance in giving your pet medication, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your needs.