Even a healthy looking animal could be suffering from worms
When you think of worms you think of the pink wriggly things in the ground. But did you know that there are a number of parasitic worms that can live in your pet’s stomach, causing pain and discomfort?
If your pet is suffering from any of the following, they may have worms:
- An increased appetite
- Weight loss
- Weakness, sickness, diarrhoea
- Dry/coarse fur
- Paying excessive attention to the bottom – dragging, scratching, licking
- Pot belly in young animals
Animals generally get worms from fleas. When they’re grooming they can swallow fleas which are often carrying worm eggs.
Worms can spread between humans and pets; they can also spread diseases which cause suffering. In extreme cases, animals have died due to worm infestations.
Certain types of worm can cause far more harm than others, but any infestation should be treated seriously. There are a number of measures you can take to reduce your pet’s risk of getting worms:
- Treat your pet for fleas from an early age
- Treat your pet for worms from an early age
- Disinfect your pet’s housing, food and water bowls regularly
- Clear your pet’s urine, faeces and vomit carefully and discard of it somewhere appropriate
- Don’t allow your pet to drink from puddles/water bowls at parks (these environments attract slugs which carry lungworm)
- Don’t leave your pet’s toys outdoors (same as above)
- Wash your hands thoroughly before eating
There are lots of worm treatments available today, but not all varieties are suitable for all animals and breeds. At Bell Brown and Bentley we recommend that you speak to a member of our team before you make your final decision.
If you would like more information about worms, or to find out more about the range of worm treatments we have available at our branches, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
If you would like to never have to worry about the cost of worm treatment again, visit our Pet Health Plan page to find out how we can help save you money on routine treatments.
Have your pet cared for by the practice that has provided Leicester with indisputable animal care for over 60 years. Call our Leicester Forest East branch 0116 238 8100, our London Road branch on 0116 254 3255, or our Wigston branch on 0116 288 6638.