It is common knowledge that your cats and dogs should be tested for worm infection
and given worm medication
regularly. But in this economic crisis, it is easy for people to get complacent and decide to spend their money on something more important than worms.
Your cats and dogs may be the ones carrying worms, but there are different type of worms that can actually cause harm to your family and other families as well. Below in this article you will find the different kind of worms that exists and threatens your pet's health and also the harm they may cause. Continue reading the article below and you will find that preventing your pet and family from a worm infection is really money well spent.
Roundworms are usually found in Cats, kittens, dogs and humans. Usually all puppies are born carriers of roundworm. Roundworm eggs are found in the faeces by infected animals and long after the faeces disappears, they can survive for 3 years. Humans can get infected by swallowing the eggs if they get them on their hands and handle food without washing them.
There are three kinds of tapeworms: Echinococcus, Taenia and Dipylidium. The Echinococcus is usually found in dogs and cats in the UK and Europe. These types of worms cause cysts which may lead to liver failure or others.
Very occasionally man can be infected by hookworm eggs, and not just cats and dogs. The larvae are burrowed into the skin usually through the feet or accidentally swallowed.
Heartworms are not found in the UK but it is widely found in all States in America. Light infection of heartworm in cats and dogs are usually symptomless. However, if your pet is infected heavily, it can cause anaemia and even death.
Now that you know the different kinds of worm infection
and also the health risk it takes to your family as well, will hopefully make you realise that spending money on worm prevention is a wise thing to do.
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