Nearly all dogs and cats get worms and even animals which look in tip-top condition can carry them. A pet with worms can be quite difficult to diagnose as it may not show any outward signs of ill health. It is important to worm your animals regularly as some types can occasionally be dangerous to human health.
If you see any worms on your animal, collect samples, wrap them up in a damp cotton wool and take them to the vet who will be able to identify them and treat your pet accordingly.
If your pet starts loosing weight and its coat becomes course and harsh, this could be a sign that unwelcome visitors have arrived. Infected puppies and kittens often have a distended abdomen.
Round worms are pinky-white and curled like a thin coiled rope. If your animal is infected , you will probably be able to see the roundworm in their faeces or vomit.
Round worms can also lie doormant in the muscle tissue during pregnancy. They can then pass across the placenta infecting unborn young.
Young animals can become sick or even die if they are carrying a high quanityty of worms. Young animals should be treated against round and tape worms from a few weeks old, please phone for further advice if needed. Ensure that the mother is wormed prior to mating and during the pregnancy.
Tapeworm look like long strips and are made up of flat segments (which look like rice) filled with eggs which break off. The segments can come out one at a time and visibly twitch and move. You can sometimes see them moving on the skin near the animal’s anus or on the floor.
Cats and dogs are never born with tape worm. One of the most common ways they pick them up is through fleas. Tapeworms can live in fleas which feed on your pet. The aninmal then eats the flea when it grooms itself and the tapeworm continues life inside its new host. Common tapeworms do not usually affect humans.