Worms

Sadly, worms are a part of life.  Handily prevention and treatment of canine worms is not difficult
There are two main types of worms in dogs, intestinal and heart.   Heartworm is an endemic problem in Australia and results in a fatal illness.  Please ensure you treat your dog for both types of worms.

Different types of Canine worms

Heartworms – transmitted by mosquitoes. During their lifecycle, heartworms make their way through the blood stream to the heart and lungs of your dog. There, they can block up the blood vessels and cause coughing, weight loss, fatigue and eventual heart failure. Because the signs are so subtle at first, they can often go unnoticed for a significant period of time.

Intestinal worms – including whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms and roundworms. They can be passed on through flea bites, from mother to puppy, or by picking up eggs from the environment. All cause varying symptoms, generally fatigue and weight loss, and a lacklustre appearance.

How To Avoid Them
There are many products that will control both intestinal and heartworms. Many of these come in tasty chew form.

If you are using separate heartworm prevention such as the annual vaccination from your vet, you can use a product that only treats intestinal worms.  This can be in the form of a tablet or chew and may need to be hidden in food. Dogs who are loathe to take medication will need to be dosed manually. Please ask for advice if your dog has issues taking medication.

For added protection, some products control intestinal worms, heartworms and fleas. Remember that you will still need to use an added tick protection, especially during the summer months.

Please ask one of our store team members for advice on which product is appropriate for your dog.