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There are few things that make the skin crawl quite like the thought of an infestation of worms. A writhing ball of pale noodles wriggling its way through your pets gut is not a particularly pleasant thought. An infected pet might not even show any outward symptoms, but worms can cause an animal distress and illness, and even death. So make sure you work out a worming schedule with your vet.

Types of worm

There are two main types of worm that infect pets the tape worm and the round worm

Where do Pets pick worms up?

Pets can pick up worms from a number of places including eating infected animals, soil or faeces. Worm eggs can also be carried by common parasites such as fleas so it is important to flea your pet at the same time as worming in order to avoid reinfection.

Symptoms

While your pet may not show signs of infection at first, here are some signs to look out for

Worms in faeces, vomit or around the anus

Loss of weight

Coat loses condition

Bottom scooting

Bad skin

Reducing the risk

It is important to create a year round worming programme with your vet as there is always the chance of reinfection
Regular flea treatment
Maintain a clean environment for your pet. This includes proper regular cleaning of food bowls, emptying litter treys, and regularly cleaning out any enclosures.