Get rid of the worms!

Intestinal worms - yuk! But there is no getting away from them, irrespective of what pet you own. Dogs, cats, snakes, rabbits, rodents, birds - they all get them and all need to be given worm remedies at some stage in their lives.

Dog Worms

The most common worms found in dogs are Roundworms (Ascarids), Hookworms (Ancylostoma) and Tapeworms.

An intestinal worm infestation can give rise to a variety of symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, anaemia, and poor body condition.

However, one cannot assume that a worm infestation is always the cause of these symptoms and so it is important that any pet showing these symptoms be properly examined by a Veterinarian to ascertain the cause.


Roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms are also the most common form of worm infestation in cats. As is the case in dogs, cats can develop an immunity to some of the worms.

However, an impaired, or not yet fully developed, immune system will allow infestations to occur. Thus once again the young are particularly likely to pick up a worm infestation. The most common symptoms include weight loss, diarrhoea, anaemia, and sometimes the 3rd eyelid becomes more noticeable.

Some other pets

Here is a list of some other pets and some of the common intestinal parasites that can cause them problems. Some of these are not worms, some are protozoa or flagellates, but they nevertheless cause problems similar to worms and need to be treated.

Pigeons: Roundworms, Tapeworm, coccidia,trichomoniasis

Gerbils and Hamsters:Dwarf tapeworm

Guinea Pigs and Rabbits:Coccidia

Rats and Mice:Roundworms, Tapeworm, Coccidia

Snakes:Roundworms, tapeworms


Remember too, any new pet being introduced should be dewormed BEFORE it is allowed into contact with your existing pets.