Worms are most commonly found in canines and felines. They can cause illness in affected pets and may also lead to serious complications in severe cases. But the good news is that the worm infestation can be prevented and treated. Here are basic facts you need to know about the worms and how to keep your pet protected from them.
Fact: Worms Can Be Anywhere
Your pet can get infected by the worms from many ways and from anywhere such as: backyards, parks, paddocks and beaches which can be transmitted by other infected animals, birds or insects.
New born puppy or kitty can be infected through their mother, it can be transmitted through feeding the milk to young ones by mother.
Worms infect pets directly penetrating their skin or sometimes it may be transferred in a bite of insect.
Pets who eat rodents like mice, birds etc, these pets may be at higher risk of many intestinal worms.
Worms produce more than 200000 eggs per day and remain infectious in the environment for several years.
Worms get into your pet and make them sick.
Fact: Range Of Worms Which Can Infect Both Dogs And Cats
Intestinal Worms: They live in your pet’s intestine and feed on intestinal contents and blood.
Lung Worms: They are mostly found in cats. Lung worms damage the lungs and cause breathing problems and difficulties.
Heart Worms: They are deadly worms, which are largely found in dogs. Heart worms are transmitted to your pet by infected mosquitoes.
Heart worms live in the heart surrounding the blood vessels of your pet and also travel in the blood stream
They can live up to 7 years and grow up to 27cm in length.
Fact: Keeping The Worms At Bay
Do not allow your pet to eat the rodents like mice, reptiles etc.
Control the pests in your environment and house like mosquitoes, fleas, mice, snails, slugs etc.
Provide high quality food and offer activities to reduce their drive of hunt.
Clean the pet bedding’s on regular basis.
Empty and clean the cat litter trays daily and remove the poo as soon as possible.
Treat your pooch or kitty with an intestinal wormer regularly.
Make sure you wash your hand thoroughly after playing with your pet.
Protect Your Canine And Feline From Worms:
Parasites like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes etc can transmit worms to your dog or cat. To protect your pet from the worms, you need to control the pests. Give the regular treatments or preventatives to your pets to control the fleas, ticks and mosquitoes such as: