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Worms

Your Cat or Dog can catch worms from anywhere, inside or outside, as the tiny eggs can be picked up and eaten by your pet. For example

Soil, grass and sand, such as in parks and gardens, or even childrens play areas, they can pick them up whilst scavengiing or hunting, from eating raw meat, they can even catch them from fleas and eating faeces, which believe me, I have seen dogs do, and its not plesant, trying to fish it out of their mouths.  Puppies and Kittens can be infected from their mother and all dogs and cats are at risk of infection.

Cats and Dog can appear healthy even if they have a worm infection, worm eggs are very small and not easily visible in your pets faeces. Signs to watch out for can vary like their bottom may become itchy and they may drag their bottom along the floor, this will infect your carpets which isnt a very nice thought., your pet could incur weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, their coat may become dull and lifeless, their appetite, may increase of decrease depending on the worm type. Lack of energy can be another symptom or a pot bellied apperance, breathing difficulties is also possible and any general changes in behaviour.

 

 Roundworm

All dogs and cats are at risk of roundworm infection, even indoor cats as eggs can be carried in on your shoes.  They are a pinky white colour and are a few cm’s long, they live in your pets intestines.

 

Tapeworm

Tapeworms are fairly large worms and sometimes worms are visible in your pets faeces or around their bottom.

 

 

 

 

Hookworm

Hookworms live in your pets gut and they feed by hooking onto the wall of the gut.  This can cause more serious diseases in young puppies and kittens than in adult animals.

 

 

 

Whipworm

Whipworm is a canine worm and rarer than the other types, it has increased risk of transmission in kennels.  Whipworms are so named because the head attaches to the wall of your dogs gut leaving the tail end to swoop about like a whip.

 

 

Heartworm

Adult worms live in the heart of infected dogs and cats they are the largest worms, however there is little risk of infection from these worms in the UK as they need Mosquitoes to complete their lifecycle. These type of worms are more common in the  USA,AustraliaandSouthern Europe.  A heartworm infection can prove to be fatal.

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Keep your pet safe and free from worms with regular worming treatment, you should consult your vet for worming tablets or you can use a more natural chemical free approach with Verm-X