Parasites are not something we really like to think about, but as responsible owners we need to safeguard our pets, and our families against them. A heavy burden of worms can cause suffering and illness in our pets, so it is very important that we prevent this. Although it is rare, some types of worms also pose a risk to human health if the eggs or larvae are ingested. .
There are two main types of worms affecting dogs and cats
Dipylidium Caninum (the flea tapeworm)
- These are long, flat worms with segmented bodies that attach to the wall of the small intestine and absorb nutrients as they flow past.
- Once tapeworms mature, they shed their segments which pass out in the faeces and look like tiny, mobile, grains of rice.
- The segments dry up in the environment and then break open to release tiny tapeworm eggs.
- The eggs are…
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