Parasites and your pet – Worms
April 14, 2021
Tapeworm – There are several ways in which your pet can catch tapeworm but the most common is ingesting infected fleas when they groom. They can also become infected through contaminated faeces from other animals. Tapeworm can also infect humans.
Roundworm – Puppies have the highest risk of getting roundworm and can become very ill very quickly. They can get them from their mother if she is infected but can also be caught from infected faeces or by eating infected small animals such as mice.
The cycle of a roundworm is an interesting one. After your dog swallows the eggs, they hatch and turn into larvae. The larvae then spread through your dog’s liver and up to their windpipe. The dog coughs and then swallows the larvae, making their way into the dog’s intestine where they grow into adult worms who then lay their own eggs which are pooped out, continuing the cycle.
Lungworm – dogs catch this parasite by either eating or playing with slugs and snails. They can also catch the eggs from the slimy trail they leave behind which could be on grass, water bowls or toys. This parasite can’t be passed from pet to pet but lungworm larvae are spread through the dog’s poop which is then picked up by slugs and snails.
What are the symptoms?
Some symptoms of lungworm are:
- Coughing due to the presence of worms in the lung area.
- Blood in the urine or vomit.
- Severe reddening around the eye area.
- Breathing problems.
- Tiring easily.
- Weight loss.
How does my pet get worms?
Your pet can get worms in many different ways. Click on the links below to show some of these ways:
For more information on these parasites, download our leaflet on worms and if you need to order your products, call the team on 01772 639800 OR 01253 766352 or request and pay for products through PetsApp.
Talk to our team about how often you should worm your pet – get in touch.
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