Worming is one of the first health care issue pet owners need to address as pups and kittens are the most susceptible. As the name suggests, intestinal worms are parasites that live inside your pet’s intestines.
Common intestinal worms in pets are:
If your pet has a large number of worms, he or she may find it difficult to maintain body condition and can lose weight. In young pups or kittens, the heavy burden can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even anaemia and occasionally can cause death.
It is important to maintain a routine worming treatment for your pets, to reduce the incidence of infection and to reduce environmental contamination. Re-infection is a common problem, particularly in pets that are in contact with a heavily contaminated environment. Another very important reason to worm your pets is to protect your family; as children, in particular, can become infected with certain dog and cat worms. Practice good hygiene. Always encourage children to wash their hands regularly and promptly clean up pet's faeces.
Lung worms in cats
Outdoor cats can become infected with lungworm after eating infected mice, rats or birds. They may show no signs at all or develop a serious cough and weight loss. Please ring us to discuss flea treatments, which can help in the control of lung worm infection in cats.