Worms (hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms) commonly infect dogs and cats and also pose a threat to humans.
Worms or internal parasites can be picked up by:
Pets rarely pass worms, and even if they do, you will rarely see them. The symptoms of a worm infestation can be one of the following:
Tapeworm segments are released with the droppings (faeces) and are clearly visible in the faeces or around the anus of the animal. These segments look like rice grains.
A heavy worm infestation can cause enteritis with a resultant diarrhoea which can even contain blood and mucous. Some worms suck blood, which causes blood loss in the animal leading to weakness and even death. Heavy worm burdens can block the intestines and lead to the death of the animal. Another danger of worms lies in the transmission from dog or cat to humans. Many worms can cause serious health problems in humans as well.
Every adult dog or cat should be given a dewormer every 3-4 months and puppies and kittens every three months. This should be done in co-operation with your local Community Veterinary Clinic or veterinarian.
It is also very important to deworm family members at least twice a year – speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
Note: Do not feed your pet raw offal. It could be infected with tapeworm cysts.