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Recognizing Worm Infection in Pets and Humans
Health and Medical Author: Elisheva Wiriaatmadja
Recognizing Worm Infection in Pets and Humans
It is common knowledge that your cats and dogs should be tested for worm infection and given worm medication regularly. At least they know because "the vet said so". However, a lot of people get complacent easily especially in this time of financial crisis. When their dogs and cats look perfectly healthy, nobody would want to spend their hard-earned money on worms.

Some people just do not understand that although it is their pets that might be carrying the worms, the family of the owner, other pets and their owners as well are at a health risk. 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. By the time you finish reading it, you will understand why money spent on a vet for worm prevention is money well spent.

One of the Worms that can be found in your pet and in humans is roundworms. Born carriers of roundworm are usually puppies but not necessarily kittens. Roundworms are transmitted through their microscopic eggs found in the faeces of an infected animal. The worms can survive for 3 years even if the faeces have long gone. If a human got roundworm eggs on their hand and eat with their hands without washing them, they may swallow the eggs and get infected.

The three kinds of tapeworms are Echinococcus, Taenia and Dipylidium. The Taenia is the most commonly known throughout the UK. They don't pose any health risk to man, cats or dogs. However, this kind of tapeworm infections usually causes cysts in sheep and cattle which make them unfit for sale.

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 mostly found in all the states in the USA and not in the UK. If your pet has light infection of heartoworm, your cats and dogs will most likely not show any symptoms at all. However, heavy infection can cause anaemia and even death.

Understanding the kinds of worm infection and the harm it can cause you, your family and your pet, will hopefully make you realise that spending money on worm prevention is a wise thing to do.
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