Intestinal worms are parasites that live inside the intestines and can affect cats, dogs and rabbits. Puppies and kittens are the most susceptible. Common intestinal worms in pets are roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm, ranging in length from small up to about 18cm. Regardless of size however, if present in large enough numbers, they all have a negative impact on health eg pot belly, failure to thrive, vomiting and weight loss.
Maintaining routine worm treatment reduces the incidence of infestation and also reduces environmental contamination. Re-infestation can occur in pets in contact with a heavily contaminated environment and children in particular can become affected by certain worms.
A suggested worming routine is every two weeks until 12 weeks of age and every three months thereafter.