Worms & Worming

There are many different types of worms that your pet can carry and certain worms can cause severe disease and even death. For this reason and to reduce the risk of certain worms spreading from your pet to you, it is important to give worming treatment regularly. Most animals show no clinical signs when infected with a low burden of worms, however, clinical signs can include:

  • weight loss
  • increased appetite
  • diarrhoea
  • a poor quality coat
  • weakness
  • pot-bellied appearance

Animals can pick up worms from other infected animals, eating raw meat or carcasses, eating the larvae or eggs of worms in faeces or grass and even from fleas as they can carry the tapeworm egg. How do you minimise the risk of you or your pet becoming infected with worms?

  • Establish a regular worming protocol against tapeworms, roundworms and lungworm.
  • Clean up after your pet and wash your hands thoroughly before eating.
  • Use flea treatment regularly.
  • Use an animal friendly disinfectant to clean feeding bowls and bedding regularly.
  • When picking greens to feed your rabbit, avoid areas where wild rabbits or rodents have been.