Another parasite you need to protect your pet from is intestinal worms. Intestinal worms live in the intestines and feed on the nutrients that your pet consumes. The most common intestinal worms in Australia are roundworm, tapeworm, and hookworm. Left untreated, they can cause weight loss, vomiting, diarrhoea, anaemia, and even death. Pets usually become infected with intestinal worms by ingesting the eggs of the parasites, which can be found in contaminated soil, faeces, and other sources.
Regular deworming treatments will protect your pet from intestinal worms.
You should deworm your pet regularly:
- every 2 weeks until 12 weeks of age
- then once a month until 6 months of age,
- And depending on the product, every 3−6 months for the rest of their life.
Vet tip: Intestinal worms can be transmitted from pets to humans, so it’s important to wash your hands after touching your pet and picking up their poo.