Worms and Worming

Any dog or cat can pick up worms, and puppies can be born with them or pick them up from their mother’s milk. Puppies and kittens should be regularly wormed; monthly to 6 months of age. A heavy infestation of worms can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, weight loss, constipation and a dull coat. Some worms can be passed onto humans, especially young children. Your dog can have worms even if you cannot see any sign of them in his faeces. Regular preventive treatment is essential. The main types of worms are:-

Roundworms

They look like strands of fine spaghetti and are the commonest type of worm. They may be seen in the stools of infected animals.

Tapeworms

These are made up of segments which form long chains up to ½ metre long. The segments look like grains of rice. Tapeworm segments may be spotted around the pet’s bottom.

Lungworms

These can be picked up if your pet catches and eats small prey like slugs, snails or amphibians. Some dogs are symptomless, others may have a dry cough. You can help prevent your dog from picking up worms by regular effective flea control (because fleas can transmit tapeworms), cleaning up after your pet and prevent them from scavenging. For roundworm and tapeworm control we advise 3 monthly worming treatments from 6 months of age. Want to know more? The "It's a Jungle" website has lots of fun facts about all types of parasites: