Pet owners usually know that their cats and dogs should be regularly tested for worm infection
by worms and regularly given worm medication
for prevention. 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.
What people sometimes do not understand is that worms carried by their pets pose a health risk not only to them but also to other animals and their owners. This article summarizes the different kinds of worms that your pet is at risk from and 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.
Worms that are not only found in pets but also humans is the roundworms. Puppies are known as born carriers of roundworms. The faeces of an infected animal have roundworm eggs in it. A source of human infection of roundworms is the meat they eat of farm animals that are infected.
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.
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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