How to prevent against worms

hSigns that your pet may have worms:

  • Weight loss
  • Dry and coarse fur
  • Increased appetite
  • Weakness
  • Diarrhoea
  • Scooting – pet dragging its bottom along the floor
  • Obsessive cleaning of bottom
  • Bloated stomach – normally only in severe cases

How to prevent against worms:

  • Have an effective worm preventative program
  • Regularly use a flea treatment, as many prevent some types of worms too
  • Using a disinfectant that's safe for animals, disinfect your pet’s food and water bowls regularly
  • Ensure your pet’s bedding is regularly cleaned and disinfected
  • Pick up your pet’s faeces
  • Where possible, do not allow your pet to lick other animal’s urine
  • For rabbits – avoid collecting greens from areas where wild rabbits and rodents may have been
  • For humans – wash your hands thoroughly before you eat and ensure children do this as well

If your animal is infected, you may see worms in its faeces or vomit, or around its bottom. If you do find worms, collect them in damp cotton wool and take them to the vet, who will be able to identify them and treat your pet properly.

Many pets do not show any symptoms of worms, so it’s important to have a regular prevention plan in place for your pet. Your vet will be able to advise you on the best one for you and your pet.