It is not a nice subject, but dog and car owners, for the sake of their pets and their families, have to think about treating intestinal worms.

Most people know their animals should be treated from time to time for “worms”. Why? Because, if left untreated they will cause illness and possibly death to your dog or cat. They can also occasionally be passed on to humans particularly children with potentially serious side effects.

By the way, don’t confuse intestinal worm with heartworm. They are quite different and need different treatments.

Intestinal worms are parasites, which, as their name suggests, live in the intestines from which they draw sustenance. In Australia, dogs and cats are mainly affected by round worms, hook worms, whip worms and tape worms.

 

The area in which you live can affect the type of parasite your dog or cat is likely to get. For instance pets in tropical climates tend to be more heavily infested than those in cooler climates. Hookworm is a particular menace in Queensland, affecting both dogs and humans and with so much of Queensland being affected by floods this summer the risk is even higher.

 

Animals can pick up parasites by sniffing along the ground in affected areas. Cats will often get worms from catching lizard, moths and grasshoppers, etc. Fleas can also infect your pets with tapeworms.

 

There is not much you can do to prevent an animal picking up worms. The answer is effectively treatment at least once every three months. Many worm treatments don’t kill all worms, so it is important to get professional advice on what your pet needs.

Also, there are many combined products on the market these days, which will often include intestinal worm control along with Heartworm prevention and Flea control. Worm tablets are available over the counter without consultation and most importantly when buying these products from us our trained nurses will take the time to explain how and when to use them and customize a treatment plan for your pet.

If you are unsure of your pets’ weight, bring them along and we can weigh them on our walk-on electronic scales.