At WellPet Vets this month we have seen a rise in intestinal worm infestations in our patients. Intestinal worming for your pet should never be overlooked.
There are 4 commonly known types of intestinal worms. These worms include Tapeworm, Roundworm, Hookworm and Whipworm. If left untreated these worms can be fatal, especially to younger animals. Ensuring your pet is regularly wormed with a preventative is the best way to protect your pet against these parasites.
How Does My Pet Get Worms?
Intestinal worms can be spread in the following ways:
– Drinking contaminated water
– Contact with other infected animals
– Contact with infected animal faeces
– Transmitted via mother’s milk when nursing
– Eating meat that is carrying a parasite (a bird or rodent for example)
– Swallowing a flea that is carrying a parasite
Signs and Symptoms of Intestinal Worms Can Include:
– Pot belly appearance
– Increased appetite
– Blood and or mucus in faeces
– Dragging or “scooting” theirbottom on the ground
– Lack of growth
– Dull hair appearance
– Loss of body condition
Thankfully there is prevention available to ensure protection for you and your pet. At WellPet Vets we recommend the following worming protocol for your pet; Wellpet Parasite Protection Protocol recommendation:
2-12 weeks of age: Canex or similar puppy suspension or Milbemax/Fenpral or Drontal intestinal wormer fortnightly until 12 weeks.
12 weeks of age: Milbemax/Fenpral or Drontal intestinal wormer monthly until 6 months of age (covers all intestinal worms and giardia) 25 weeks of age onwards: Milbemax/Fenpral or Drontal intestinal wormer every 3 months (quarterly) for life.
If you think your pet may have worms or if you would like more information on the best protection for your pet, please contact our friendly team on 1300WELLPET.
This article is this weeks Vet Report in Nepean News https://issuu.com/