Why Deworming Your Pet is So Important

There are a number of different worms that can infect our pets. Although most prefer our furry friends, some parasites can infect humans too. Having a huge burden of intestinal worms can gradually wear down your pet, reduce the absorption of nutrients and lead to protein loss and anaemia. This is particularly important for young puppies and kittens, whose tiny bodies need all the nutrients they can get.

Depending on where you live, there are different risks when it comes to parasites. The most dangerous type of intestinal worm is a type of tapeworm called the hydatid tapeworm, common in areas where dogs have access to sheep. Dogs in farming areas can pass on the hydatid tapeworm to their human family, usually when the dog is allowed to lick faces or due to improper handwashing before eating. There are other types of worms, called hookworms and roundworms that can also infect people, usually children.

Regularly deworming of your pet is one of the easiest ways to make sure they (and you!) stay in optimum health. When you should deworm your pet depends on how old it is. It is also important to pick up your pet’s droppings and to wash hands after playing with pets and before eating.

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