Intestinal Worms

These parasites live inside an animal’s intestines. They all tend to have negative effects, which in some cases may be life-threatening.

Most species of animal can be infected with intestinal worms. Some animal worms can pose significant health risks for humans, especially for children.

Common intestinal worms in Australian dogs and cats are:

  • Roundworm

  • Tapeworm

  • Whipworm

  • Hookworm

Below are some tips for worm prevention:

  • Treat your pet regularly for intestinal worms

  • Promptly clean up pet faeces

  • Keep your pet's environment clean

  • Always dispose of dog faeces in public parks and playgrounds

Further information:

If your pet has a large number of intestinal worms, it may find it difficult to maintain body condition and it can lose weight.

In some cases, an intestinal worm burden can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and even anaemia (a low red blood cell level). Occasionally, heavy intestinal worm burdens can cause death.

Worming is one of the first health care issues pet owners need to address in young animals, as pups and kittens are the most susceptible.

It is important to maintain a routine worming treatment for your pets of all ages, to reduce the incidence of infection and to reduce environmental contamination. 

There are many worming treatments available for the various worm infections that occur in our pets.These are available as tablets, spot-ons or pastes.

Re-infection is a common problem, particularly in pets that are in contact with a heavily contaminated environment. Another very important reason to worm your pets is to protect your family.

Worms sometimes have complex lifecycles which involve a period of existence and development outside your pet. For example, some tapeworms need to pass through fleas to complete their lifecycle, so flea prevention is an important method of controlling tapeworms.

We can advise you on an intestinal worming program for your pet.