Worms come in different shapes and sizes and pets can pick them up in different ways:
- Mosquito bites can infect some pets with heartworm.
- Swallowing a flea could infect your pet with tapeworm.
- Puppies can be infected with roundworms while in their mother’s womb.
- Some worm eggs can survive in parks and gardens for years!
Worms can cause anaemia, diarrhoea, bowel blockages and heartworm. Some worms can also pose a threat to human health and we recommend worming at least every three months* for key intestinal worms – hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms – to help keep everyone in the family healthy.
Three-monthly ‘all-wormers’ don’t prevent heartworm so to be safe your pet will need extra protection.
* In some rural areas farm dogs may require additional worming every six weeks to address hydatid tapeworm. This can pose a serious threat to human health.