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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers – Protect Your Pets From Parasites

Canine Parasites Our family pets are at risk from a wriggly little invader that can cause illness, discomfort and in extreme cases, even death.  These invaders are those nuisance parasites we call worms, such as the tapeworm or roundworm.  These can be contracted from a variety of sources such as from other infected animals, from eating infected faeces or from raw meat containing the eggs.  Infected fleas can also carry worm eggs and transmit them to your pet.

What are the Symptoms?

Most animals show no signs of infection, so it’s important to ensure that a regular worming program is in place.  Some worms can spread to humans and cause diarrhoea and illness to occur.  You may notice worms in your pet’s vomit or faeces; in dogs you might see body segments of the worms which contain the eggs – these can be up to 6mm long and you may even see them wriggling!  Dogs are also susceptible to hookworms and whipworms.  Other symptoms could include losing weight despite an increased appetite, diarrhoea and rough, dry fur.

Which Animals are at Risk?

Worms are a risk to all animals, including humans and pets with an outdoor habitat are particularly at risk.  If you own a horse, worming is an essential part of your horse’s health care routine.  Worms can breed in the digestive tracts and organs of your horse, causing lethargy, weight loss, gastrointestinal problems and even fatal colic.  Worms can be picked up from other infected animals or by eating grass, feed or faeces contaminated with worms during grazing season.  A horse’s environment has many areas where worm larvae or eggs can occur, so it’s important to have a regular worming programme in place to minimise the risk of re-infection and to keep your stable and paddock clean.

What Treatment is Available?

It’s always best to speak to a qualified vet before starting a worming program for your animal.  Household pets such as cats and dogs should be treated to prevent roundworms from the time that they are very small whilst adult pets should be treated for both tapeworms and roundworms.  By using a regular flea treatment alongside the worming program, you can cut the risk of infection and you should also ensure that your pet’s food and water bowls are kept disinfected and clean.

Horse’s stables and paddocks should be cleaned out regularly as there are many areas where worms can breed.  It’s important to establish a regular worming program for your animal and it’s possible to purchase wormers online at a greatly discounted rate.  Equest pramox horse wormer is a popular brand of wormer which comes in an oral gel and controls roundworms as well as tapeworms, red worm and bots at larval stage.  Each box of pramox horse wormer contains one syringe with 11.8g of gel;  this is sufficient to treat a 575kg horse.  Buying horse wormer in bulk is usually a good idea as this will save money in the long run and ensure that you always have enough wormer to hand.

If you have trouble getting your horse to take wormer, experiment with different brands.  Treatments are available in various flavours including cinnamon or apple and there is sure to be a tempting flavour that your horse will enjoy.

Wormer for Dogs

For dogs, wormer is available in tablet or chewable form, and in a suspension liquid which is suitable for puppies.  Panacur paste is a particularly tasty choice for dogs with its tempting beef flavour and moreish texture.

Choosing a wormer for your pet can be tricky, but with some advice from your vet, it is easy to purchase your year’s supply of wormer online and save money in the process.  Worming is a vital part of any pet’s healthcare routine and if you don’t worm your pet regularly you are putting their health at risk!

Ian Appleton is a writer who offers great advice on how to keep your horses clean and healthy. He suggests stocking up on pramox horse wormer to ensure that you get a great deal and can administer a regular worming programme.