There are many types of worm, but the most common intestinal worms seen are roundworm (look like a thread of cotton in the faeces) or tapeworm (look like grains of rice on or around the anus). They are commonly contracted by contact with soil, scavenging, eating raw meat, fleas and eating feaces.
Worms can cause a variety of symptoms in your pet. These are some of the common ones:
- scooting or dragging the bum along the floor
- weight loss
- change in appetite
- a pot belly
However most pets appear well on the outside. Worms do also pose a significant health risk to other animals and humans. Especially children it rare cases it can cause a serious condition called Ocular Toxocariasis.
Even if you haven’t seen evidence of worms we strongly recommend your pet is wormed every three months with an effective veterinary recommended Wormer. Please speak to our staff so that they can advise you on the frequency of worming and which Wormer is most appropriate to you and your pet.
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