LIke small children, puppies, and young animals are the most susceptible to picking up intestinal worms. You may notice your puppy or kitten looking bloated well after a feed, this can be an indication they have worms. As their name suggests, intestinal worms are parasites that live inside your pet’s intestines.
Most species of animal, as well as humans, can be infected with intestinal worms including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, fish, birds and reptiles.
Common intestinal worms in Australian pets are:
If your pet has a large number of worms it may find it difficult to maintain body condition and it can lose weight. In some cases it can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even anaemia (a low red blood cell level). Occasionally, heavy intestinal worm burdens can cause death.
There are a wide variety of worm treatments available depending on the species of animal. Please give us a call on 9652 1338 to discuss a worming regime that will work for you pet.