What are intestinal worms?

Pets can unfortunately get a variety of internal parasites and some are referred to as worms that come in different forms and cause different symptoms. They can be transmitted in a variety of ways and most of them live in the pet’s intestines. They are more threatening than fleas and ticks and can cause some serious health problems and illnesses for your pet and if they are left untreated they can be fatal. Sometimes, there are little to no signs of worm infection and the infestation can go undetected, which is why it is important to treat your pet with worming treatments regularly.

Types of worms:

Worms come in a variety of forms that can each affect your pet, including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and lungworms. Each different worm presents different symptoms and requires different treatments, so if you notice any unusual symptoms from your pet that you think could be a problem caused by worms then consult your veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment.

Roundworms are the most common worms in both cats and dogs and can grow up to about 3-4 inches long. Hook worms are much smaller and only grow to about an inch, but can cause serious problems like anaemia as they reside in the small intestine and feed on your animal’s blood. Tapeworms are segmented parasites and can be any length between 4-18 inches long and are usually transmitted through infected fleas.

Treating worms:

If you think your pet has worms, then you should take them to your vet as soon as possible. This is important because different worms require different treatments and your vet can diagnose the type of worms and the correct treatment to get rid of them. Most treatments like Drontal are oral tablets or suspension that are tailored to the size of your cat or dog.