Fundy Veterinarians Ltd

6 Greenfield Rd
Murray Siding, NS B6L 3M4

(902)895-8195

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What Are The Common Types Of Intestinal Worms?

Roundworms:

  • become infested by ingesting, through the placenta, from mother's milk
  • grow between 9 – 20cm long
  • can be fatal if the infection is severe
  • can infect humans

Common signs of Roundworms:

  • coughing
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • pneumonia
  • bowel obstruction
  • a dull coat
  • swollen stomach

Flea Tapeworms:

  • cats and dogs catch from swallowing infected fleas
  • may be more than 1 metre long
  • not a major health risk
  • can infect humans

Common signs of Flea Tapeworm:

  • irritation
  • itching around the anus
  • tapeworm segments in the feces – look like grains of rice

Hydatid Tapeworms:

  • cats and dogs catch from swallowing infected fleas
  • may be more than 1 metre long
  • not a major health risk
  • can infect humans

Common signs of Flea Tapeworm:

  • dogs catch from eating infected internal organs of sheep, cattle, kangaroos and pigs in the country
  • grows to only 7mm long
  • not a threat to dogs but can be life threatening to humans due to the formation of large, fluid-filled cysts in the human's body

How Do I Control Intestinal Worms In My Pet?

  • minimize exposure to areas heavily contaminated with other dogs' feces
  • remove feces from litter trays and children's sand pits
  • clean your cat's and dog's sleeping area regularly
  • feed your cat and dog quality food (not intestines)
  • wash your hands after handling your pet and before eating
  • don't let your dog lick your face
  • use a regular deworming treatment

How Do I Deworm My Pet?

By using a deworming product at two, four, six and 12 weeks of age, and then every 3 months for the rest of their life.