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Intestinal Worms

Intestinal worms affect thousands of Australian pets every year. Untreated, intestinal worms present a significant health risk to you and your pet.

For dogs and cats, the symptoms can be varied depending on the infestation. Irritation of the bowel and anus, vomiting and diarrhoea, pot belly, poor growth and a dull coat are common signs of infestation.

For people, depending on the type of worm infestation, health risks can range from mild to extreme and include: damage to internal organs with development of cysts (Hydatid Tapeworm), blindness (Roundworm) and intensely itchy red tracts in the skin. Children are often most at risk due to lack of hygiene, close contact with pets and contact with sandpits or soil.

The most common types of worms are Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Tapeworm and Hydatid Tapeworm. Dogs and cats pick up intestinal worms in many ways, some by transmission from the mother during pregnancy or following birth, others by ingestion, skin penetration, contact with other animals or even by eating offal. As pets can be reinfested with worms from other pets or from their surroundings, it is recommended to repeat treatment regularly. Follow the treatment recommendation on your EXELPET pack and worm all your pets at the same time to maximise protection.

The good news is that keeping your pets free from intestinal parasites is easy. EXELPET worming products provide broad spectrum and simple to use treatment from intestinal parasites for your pet.

Intestinal worming is recommended at least 3 monthly in your adult pet.

Pets fed or potentially able to access offal require intestinal worming every 6 weeks.

Roundworm

  • Most commonly seen in puppies or kittens, signs of infestation may not be apparent but include vomiting and diarrhoea, failure to thrive, weight loss, poor coat and pot bellied appearance. Intestinal obstruction and death can occur in cases of severe infestation. Occasionally,Roundworm can infect people.

Hookworm

  • Often causes skin disease, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and occasionally anaemia. Occasionally, Hookworm can infect people.

Whipworm

  • Can lead to weight loss, malnutrition and mild to severe diarrhoea.

Tapeworm

  • Commonly causes general irritation and listlessness.

Hydatid Tapeworm

  • Can pose serious health risks to humans. Infected dogs can transmit hydatid tapeworm to humans resulting in organ cyst formation. Dogs can be infected from offal and should not be fed, or allowed to feed on raw offal from any species.