Causes of worm infection

There are many different ways that your pet can catch worm infections and cats and dogs can both catch worms in similar ways. It is near impossible to protect your pet from catching them, but the best thing you can do is to maintain an effective worm control programme like Drontal that starts off treatment at a young age against roundworm and provides adults with treatment against roundworm and tapeworm. Providing your pet with treatment around every 6 months will help to keep them happy and healthy. Though your pet may be regularly treated, they can still catch a worm infection and here are some of the ways they can be caught:

  • One of the most common ways that worms are transmitted is through ingestion. Cats and dogs can accidentally ingest an infected animals faeces or an infected rodent.
  • Kittens and puppies can catch worms (particularly roundworms) from the infected mother’s milk. These worms could also be caught from the infected mother before birth during pregnancy.
  • Skin contact is another way that your cat or dog can catch worms and this is the most common way that hookworms are passed along.
  • Worms like tapeworms are caught through the ingestion of infected fleas when the pet grooms themselves. They can also be caught through ingesting infected rodents and this is why tapeworms are often more common in cats than dogs.
  • Other worms like whipworms can be caught through ingesting infected soil.
  • Another way worms can be transmitted is through mosquito bites that spread heartworm particularly in dogs.