Intestinal Worming & Our Pets

Intestinal Worms are more common than many people think and can be quite debilitating on our pets. Many can also easily be passed on to humans – especially children.  It is important for the health of our whole family to remember to worm our Cats, Dogs, Birds, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits & Rats.

Intestinal Worms 1Most worm infestations cause any or all of these symptoms:

  • diarrhea, perhaps with blood
  • weight loss
  • dry hair
  • general poor appearance
  • vomiting, perhaps with worms in the vomit

Intestinal Worms 2There are are several common types of intestinal worms that can infect our pets including:

  • Tapeworm – affects cats & dogs
  • Hookworm – affects cats & dogs
  • Roundworm – affects cats, dogs, birds, & small animals
  • Whipworm – affects mainly dogs

Worming treatments come in several forms :

  • Liquid drops to be applied on the back of the neck (cats & dogs)
  • Liquid to be put in their drinking water (birds & small animals)
  • Tablets
  • Flavoured Chews or chewable tablets

Intestinal Worms 3Some “drop on the back of the neck” flea treatments now include some intestinal worming but none cover all types of worming. It’s therefore well worth checking if you have covered all types of worms that could infect your pet.

Tapeworm tablets are one intestinal worming treatment  you often have to add to your pets worming regime. If you are using one of the flea products for most of your pets worming it’s a good idea, a few times of the year, to use an all-wormer tablet, paste or chewable tablet for complete coverage.

How often do I need to treat my pet for intestinal worms ?

For Kittens & Cats : 

  • Treat at 6, 8 and 12 weeks then every 3 months

For Puppies & Dogs : 

  • Treat at 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks, then every month until they are 6 months old, then every 3 months.

For Birds, Poultry & Small Animals: 

  • Every 3 months is recommended

Please note that Heartworm is not covered in this discussion and, as a potentially life threatening infestation, checks and treatment for this parasite should also be included in your dog and cats health regime.

** DISCLAIMER: This article is the personal opinion of the Pets Unleashed team. We always recommend seeking specialist or veterinarian advice when it comes to making decisions about the health or well-being of your pet, particularly in respect to any symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical attention.