Intestinal worms are parasites that all pet owners should worry about. Regular routine worming is so important yet it is often overlooked. As a rule, all puppies and kittens need to be wormed every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every month until they reach 6 months of age and then every 3 months for the rest of their life.
Intestinal worms from our pets can be transferred to other family members and children, elderly and people are immunocompromised are at a higher risk. Up to 50% of dogs and cats are thought to be carriers of gastrointestinal parasites.
In Australia, dogs and cats can get infected with hookworms, roundworms, whip worm and tapeworm. The microscopic eggs and hookworm larvae can end up on dog’s and cat’s feet. In most cases dogs and cats can become infected with parasites when they clean and lick their own feet. It then takes a few weeks for the eggs or larvae to mature then the eggs are present in the pet’s faeces. If your dog licks his bottom and then licks your child, or if your child pets your dog, he or she can become infected with these parasites.
Cats get infected with hookworms, round worms and tapeworms by hunting prey. Even indoor cats can have worms, if your cat ingests a gecko, mouse, insect or flea this can expose them to intestinal parasites. Cats with a flea infestation can spread cat scratch fever to children, elderly people, or immunocompromised (AIDS, cancer patients, organ transplant recipients) people. For these reasons it is especially important to maintain strict worming protocols set out by your veterinarian.
Dog and Cat worming chart