Worms, How To Control and Prevent
As you will now know, our pets can become infected with a wide range of parasitic worms, many of which can be passed to humans, with rare, but potentially serious health consequences.
In the UK, the main human health risk is from the roundworm Toxocara spp. and the tapeworm: E. Granulosus. Save for keeping your pet indoors, there is no way of preventing it from coming into contact with these parasites. Therefore, regular worming is the only practical method of control.
When travelling, our pets are exposed to many parasites that are not usually found in the UK. Again, there is no practical way in which we can prevent this. The law requires that all travelling cats and dogs are wormed, not just for their own safety, but to prevent the spread of foreign parasites to the UK.
Other worms can be largely controlled by preventing the pet's exposure to the source of infection. Make sure that your cat hasn't got fleas, and he is unlikely to catch the tapeworm: Dipylidium. Ensure that your dog isn't able to hunt rodents, or eat raw meat, and the chance of a Taenia infection becomes remote.
But why have that extra worry when you can visit your vet and get a wormer that is effective against ALL the parasites commonly seen.
With regular worming, it doesn't matter where your pet goes, or when, you can be confident that you are protecting other people and pets from the effects of an infestation from the most commonly seen worms.
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