Fremantle Animal Hospital offers many effective ways to prevent worms in your pets.
Intestinal worms can be found wherever there are pets and their owners. Adult worms can live in the gastrointestinal system, lungs or heart of your pet. All worms have the potential to cause significant harm to your pet if left untreated. As well as this, some specices of worms can be transferred from your pet to you.
Fremantle Animal Hospital can help find the right worming treatment for you and your pets lifestyle, and we offer free administration of the treatment to your pet by a nurse if you need an extra hand.
Roundworm, Hookworm and Whipworm
Roundworm, Hookworm and Whipworm are all intestinal worms that can be found in pets. They live in different areas of the intestines and where Roundworms feed off of the material found inside the gut, Hookworms and Whipworms latch on to the wall of the intestine and feed off of the animals blood. These worms are quite large and take up significant space in the intestines of the animal, especially if they are young animals like puppies and kittens.
Adult worms lay up to 200,000 eggs a day in the intestines, so very quickly animals can become impacted by the severe amount of worms in their gastrointestinal tract. They can also become extremely anaemic or underweight depending on which worm they have been infested with. Any worm infestation that is left untreated will result in death of your pet.
Adult Heartworms live in the heart of the animal. They lay their eggs which get dispersed through the body by the blood. Untreated Heartworm infestataions can lead to right-sided heart faliure (the heart cannot pump blood to the lungs as effectively so oxygen cannot be dispersed through the body as well as it should.
Heartworm is spread through mosquitos. Heartworm cannot be prevented through normal worming treatments. Prevention of Heartworm requires an injectable medication to prevent the
Adult Lungworms live in the pulmonary artery where they lay eggs that travel to the alveoli in the lungs. They hatch and break through the alveoli walls and travel up the trachea where they get coughed up and swallowed and then passed through the faces of the animal.
If your pet is infected by lungworms, they may struggle to breathe, bleed longer and more than ususal from minor injuries and cough more than usual.