The Importance Of Worming
With a much loved pet in the family you will probably be as concerned about their health as your own. But unless they are looking ill in some way, how can you be sure that your pet is in good health?
Cats and dogs are prone to picking up worms and more often than not, they do not show any obvious symptoms. Symptoms that may be apparent include; ‘scooting’ – where by the animal drags its bottom along the ground, white segments in the faeces, vomiting, diarrhoea, a dull coat, a pot-bellied appearance or even breathing difficulties. Without the presence of these noticeable symptoms, worms may be causing lasting damage to your pet’s respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive system as well as other internal organs. They could even prove fatal.
Different types of worms can affect not only your pet's health, but also that of you and your family.
Roundworm can be found in the faeces of infected cats and dogs, whilst their eggs can be found on the pets’ coat and on soil anywhere, from parks and playgrounds to gardens. We humans are not immune to the roundworm either; if we are not careful, we can unintentionally ingest them from dirty hands or a dropped, but hastily retrieved biscuit. The problems come as the roundworm larvae pass into our internal organs, affecting our muscles, eyesight and central nervous system.
Tapeworm can be found in infected animals and can also be spread by fleas. The tapeworm affecting dogs can cause a serious illness called Hydatid disease in people, causing cysts to form on internal organs.
Lungworm is carried by slugs and snails and if eaten by dogs, can cause serious and life-threatening disease. Most dogs unintentionally swallow slugs and snails, either by drinking water that contains them or by playing with toys that have slugs and snails attached.
What can you do?
Those people most at risk from disease caused by worms are children, the elderly and those with reduced immune systems. The only way to be sure you are in control of worms is to worm your pet regularly with a ‘vet strength’ treatment that is effective against the most commonly found parasites. In addition you can also follow these simple tips:
· Wash your hands after stroking your pet as its coat may contain worm eggs.
· Wash your hands after touching soil, sand, raw meat, litter trays, pet faeces or vomit.
· Don’t let your pet lick your face.
· Don’t allow children to put dirt in their mouths or food that has fallen on the floor or ground.
· Clean out litter trays daily.
· Clean up your pets faeces from outside every day.
· Cover your children’s sandpits and play areas when not in use.
· Prevent your pet from hunting rodents, or eating raw meat.
· Use an effective flea control.
· Take your pet to the vet every year to be checked.
Here at Green Pastures, our nursing and veterinary team can help find the best way of protecting your pet and family, with a product that’s suited to you.