Kooringal Veterinary Hospital

2 Kimberley Drive, Tatton, Wagga Wagga

After Hours : 69217774 or 69225375

Intestinal Worms

Worms can be very much disastrous to your pet as they make them uneasy all the time. Worming is one of the first health care issues pet owners need to address as pups and kittens are the most susceptible. Intestinal worms are parasites that live inside your pet’s intestines. These worms range in size from small to surprisingly large (up to 18cm in length). Regardless of their size, they all have negative, and potentially deadly effects.

Most species of animal, as well as humans, can be infected with intestinal worms including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, fish, birds and reptiles.

Common intestinal worms in Australian pets are:

  • Roundworm

  • Tapeworm

  • Whipworm

  • Hookworm

What happens when your pet has worms?

If your pet has a large number of worms it may find it difficult to maintain body condition and it can lose weight.

In some cases, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even anemia (a low red blood cell level). 

Occasionally, the heavy intestinal worm can result in death.

It is important to understand the life cycle of the worm in order to strategize the treatment.

For example, some tapeworms are passed through fleas to complete their lifecycle, so flea prevention is an important method of controlling tapeworms.

Importance of worming treatment:

It is important to maintain a routine worming treatment for your pets, to reduce the incidence of infection and to reduce environmental contamination. There are many worming treatments available for the various worm infections that occur in our pets. These are available as tablets, spot-on, or pastes. 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.

Tips to consider regarding worm prevention:

  • Promptly clean up pet feces

  • Practice good hygiene, always encourage children to wash their hands regularly (especially after playing in dirt or sandpits, playing with pets or prior to eating)

  • Prevent children from playing where the soil may be contaminated

  • Keep your pet's environment clean

  • Always dispose of dog feces in public parks and playgrounds

Please call us at 6922 5375 to discuss an intestinal worming program for your pet.