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October 2016: Fall Worm Identification Guide

Fall is a beautiful time of the year, however there are four ugly types of worms we certainly won’t be warming to; whipworms, hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms. Pets can get worms from many different places including food, water, public areas, other animal’s faeces, flea infestations, mosquitoes, etc. So regardless of the cause, our pets and worms are bound to meet at some point in their life. What’s even more scary is that these parasites can pose a zoonotic risk; where the infection can be transferred from pet to owner. Protect your pet family this fall and read our ‘Fall Worm Identification Guide’, to understand the different types of worms, and which ones pose the greatest zoonotic risk.

 Whipworm 

Looks Like: Very thin at the front and thick at the back, like the shape of a whip.

How Infection Occurs: Pets become infected when they consume water, food, faeces or soil contaminated with whipworm eggs.

Symptoms & Damage Caused in Dogs: Whipworms have a mouth structured like spear which punctures the wall of your pet’s large intestine so they can feed on the animal’s blood, causing dehydration, anaemia and diarrhea. 

Zoonotic Risk: No zoonotic risk to humans

Treatment: Advocate (Advantage Multi) for Dogs (also prevents heartworm and treats fleas, roundworm, hookworm and mites).

 Hookworms

Looks Like: Similar to a hook shape, greyish white in colour.

How Infection Occurs: Dogs who hunt often, come in contact with contaminated faeces, or are exposed to soil contaminated with larvae can get infected by hookworms. Hookworms make their way into your pet by penetrating though their skin. Hookworms can also be transmitted to puppies form their mother’s milk if the bitch is infected.

Symptoms & Damage Caused in Dogs: Hookworms latch onto the intestinal wall and feed on your pet’s blood; which can cause intestinal bleeding, severe anaemia, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, weakness, or death. 

Symptoms & Damage Caused in Humans: Itchy skin lesions, and in rare cases gastrointestinal disease.

Zoonotic Risk: Low zoonotic risk to humans

Treatment: Drontal Plus for Dogs (controls all gastrointestinal worms in dogs), or Drontal Cat (controls all gastrointestinal worms in cats).

 Roundworms

Looks Like: Round in shape, can grow up to 6in and resemble a piece of string.

How Infection Occurs: By ingesting stools or soil infected with worm eggs, or hunting infected animals. Puppies can also be born with the disease if their mother is infected.

Symptoms & Damage Caused in Dogs: Adult roundworms live in the small intestine and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, a pot-bellied appearance, dull coat, and lethargy. Large numbers of roundworm can also block the intestine leading to constipation. In puppies, roundworms can cause respiratory disease, stunted growth and death.

Symptoms & Damage Caused in Humans: Abdominal pain, enlarged liver, fever, blindness, and epilepsy (signs specific to affected organ).

Zoonotic Risk: High zoonotic risk to humans

Treatment: Drontal Plus for Dogs (controls all gastrointestinal worms in dogs), or Drontal Cat (controls all gastrointestinal worms in cats).

 Tapeworms

Looks Like: Long body and consists of multiple flat segments.

How Infection Occurs: Pets typically contract tapeworm from fleas. If a flea ingests tapeworm eggs, a tapeworm will develop inside the flea’s body. Your pet may then ingest the infected flea when grooming. 

Symptoms & Damage Caused in Dogs: Tapeworms hook onto the wall of the small intestine to feed, which can cause you pet to have problems absorbing their food, diarrhea or scooting.

Symptoms & Damage Caused in Humans: Varies depending on affected organ, but may include; abdominal pain, enlarged liver, nausea, or organ disease.

Zoonotic Risk: High zoonotic risk to humans

Treatment: Canex Multispectrum Wormer for Dogs (controls all gastrointestinal worms including the hydatid tapeworm), or Profender Allwormer for Cats (controls all gastrointestinal worms in cats).

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