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Worms in our pets.


To Worm or Not to Worm?
That is the question? Then read on.
It is estimated that four out of every five Australian dogs carry intestinal worms. Not only can worms make your dog sick, some  species of worms can also be transferred to humans, with children being most at risk.

Intestinal Worms

Dogs and cats pick up intestinal worms in many ways, some by transmission from the mother during pregnancy or following birth, others by ingestion, skin penetration, contact with other animals or even by eating raw offal. The most common intestinal worms that affect dogs in Australia are roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm.
Loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea and in severe cases even death are just some of the symptoms a dog can experience from a worm infestation.
*The Hydatid Tapeworm grows to 7 mm in length, and is found in areas where sheep and dogs (or kangaroos and foxes) are in contact. While this tapeworm does not cause significant clinical
signs in dogs, infection of humans can be life threatening.
Humans contract hydatids by swallowing eggs found on the coats and in the faeces of infected dogs.

How do I to protect my dog from worms?
Common worms are readily controllable with a routine worming treatment. Regular de-worming of all dogs, including puppies and pregnant bitches, will minimise infestation of your pet and prevent infection of humans. It is also important to maintain a hygienic environment:
• Remove faeces from litter trays and children's sand pits and dispose of thoroughly
• Clean sleeping areas regularly

• Feed your dog quality pet food - no offal

• Always wash your hands after handling your pet and before eating,  and remember that it is particularly important for children to be taught this!
 
• Do not let pets lick your face

• Use a complete flea control

De-worming your dog

A wide variety of dog de-wormers are available, including basic Allwormers and combination medications which also cover heartworm prevention and aid with flea control. Both palatable chews and tablets are available.
Allwormer preparations should be given every three months to adult dogs, however, for dogs in Hydatid Tapeworm* areas this should be done every six weeks. Pregnant or lactating bitches should be
treated before mating, ten days before whelping, then two and four weeks after whelping. Puppies should be wormed every two weeks until twelve weeks of age, then monthly until six months of age.
After six months all dogs need to be wormed every three months for effective control.

Heartworm

A dog affected by Heartworm will have an infestation of long thin worms (up to 30cm in length!) lodged in the heart and vessels
that feed on surrounding blood.

How will my dog get heartworm?

Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and it is a debilitating, painful and potentially fatal disease that affects thousands of dogs each year. Heartworm disease in dogs is quite common in NSW and QLD. However, because heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes, it is becoming more common in all other states of Australia.
Most dog owners do not realise their pet has a problem until the disease is well advanced. It is only in the later stages, when the disease is difficult to treat, that the animals manifest the typical signs of advanced heartworm disease, such as a soft, deep cough, weight loss, listlessness and weakness. Other symptoms may include a lack of appetite, shortness of breath and blood in the urine. While heartworm is an extremely difficult disease to treat, it is very simple to prevent . Heartworm Prevention There are many varieties of heartworm preventers from yearly vet injections, palatable chews, tablets and some combination topical medications which also have flea and some intestinal worm  control.
Monthly applications will prevent or limit heartworm growth.
Be sure to contact your vet for further information on worms and heartworm and their control.
Health Care

Now is the time to protect your pet.
Some Tucker Tub distributors carry a basic range of pet health care
products, like worming tablets, flea control, heartworm tablets and the “All in One” style prevention.
Contact your local distributor for cost and availability.
 
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