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.