How to keep your cat & dog worm free naturally - without harming their health

What types of worms do you find in cats and dogs?

Cats and dogs develop different types of worms and these include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms. Tapeworms and worms cannot be seen externally but can be detected in the stool microscopically. Hook and whipworms are also tiny and can hardly be seen in the stool.

Roundworms
Roundworms are commonly found inside the intestinal tract of cats and dogs. Nursing kittens and puppies may contract roundworm from the mother’s milk.

The larvae grows up to five inches in length in the intestinal tract and sheds eggs while trying to survive in the kitten or puppy. When adult worms pass eggs in the stool, the animal or other cats or dogs may eat the infected stool – this is how re-infestation occurs.

Cats and dogs can also become infected from roundworms which live in the soil for many years.
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Whipworms
Whipworms are more commonly seen in dogs than cats. They are approximately 6mm long and live in the large intestine of dogs. These worms resemble tiny pieces of thread, with one end enlarged. They shed very few eggs and are therefore quite difficult to detect.

Whipworms can live in the environment for a few months or even up to five years. They can be found in food, water, soil, in animal skin or stool.
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Hookworms
Hookworms are more common in dogs than in cats. These small, thin worms attach to the intestinal wall lining and feed on your pet. Dogs and cats contract hookworms from stool-contaminated soil that directly infects their feet or skin. Hookworm larvae can also be transmitted from the nursing mother to the kitten or pup.
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Tapeworms
Tapeworms in dogs and cats are spread by fleas. Fleas enjoy feasting on tapeworm eggs found on rodents or wildlife. When your pet grooms himself or licks his skin, he swallows the flea and thus becomes infected with tapeworm. Tapeworm can also spread through raw meat or food that is not prepared properly. 

These worms have a small head with repeating segments making up the rest of the body.  While they seldom cause an animal to feel sick, a common sign of infestation is tapeworm segments in the stool. These segments look like sesame seeds or grains of rice and can be found in pet stool, on their bedding or around their anus.
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How can I tell if my dog or cat has worms? What are the symptoms?

In most cases, pet owners will not even know that their cat or dog has worms because there may not be any visible symptoms. Some worm eggs can live in your pet’s body without causing any major health problems.

However, when the worms increase, your pet’s body is put under stress and symptoms start to surface. Intestinal worms such as hookworms and roundworms also infect pets during the late stages of pregnancy and as a result soon-to-be puppies and kittens are affected.

The most common symptoms of worms in puppies and kittens are poor growth, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, lacklustre coat and lack of energy.

Adult pets have a general poor appearance, dull, brittle and lacklustre skin and coat, are underweight or even quite bony, experience diarrhea and listlessness.  These pets often develop a parasite overload because of poor sanitary conditions which then leads to a host of health problems. 
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Can people catch worms from pets?

The short answer is yes, most intestinal worms can pass from dogs and cats to their owners and this is another good reason to protect your family by keeping your animals healthy and worm free!
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What can I do to keep my dog and cat worm-free?

1. Get your vet to check for a stool sample

If your pet is showing symptoms of a worm infestation or feeling poorly, take him to the vet immediately. An early diagnosis is very important to determine the presence and type of intestinal worm – a stool sample will be required to check for any worms.
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2. Check your pet’s faeces

While checking your dog or cat’s faeces may not be on your list of favourite things to do, it could help to prevent further illness. As we have mentioned, not all worms can be detected by simply looking at the faeces but has to be checked microscopically. However, you can spot rice-like segments in tapeworm around your pet’s anus and on bedding - which you can inform your vet about.
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3. Remove pet stool daily

If your pet eliminates in your garden or backyard, remove stool every day to keep the area clean. Monitor your dog closely when taking him for walks, especially in parks because these are areas which are usually infected with worm eggs.
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4. Use a de-wormer regularly for your pet and family.

Adult dogs and cats should be dewormed every 3 to 4 months while puppies and kittens every 3 months. Over-the-counter worm treatments can be extremely harsh and not as effective for your pet.

Use a natural de-worming remedy for pets from the Feelgood Pets PetAlive range such as Worm Dr Pets to expel internal parasites, such as round worm and tapeworm, and restore digestive health after parasitic infection. Keep your family worm-free by using Worm Dr from the Feelgood Health range to eradicate intestinal worms and promote healthy digestive functioning.
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5. Keep your pet’s immune system strengthened

Animals (and people) with a weakened immune system are far more likely to develop a parasite overload and have a problem with worms than animals with a strong healthy immune system. This is because a healthy immune system helps to keep parasites in the body under control.

Interestingly enough, this is also true of other parasites like fleas – while all pets pick up the occasional flea from time to time, dogs and cats with weakened immune systems are much likelier to develop a bad flea infestation. A healthy immune system is therefore key, and the place to start if you want to protect your pet from a worm overload. Regular courses of a herbal immune tonic such as Feelgood Pets Immunity & Liver Support will do the trick!

 If your cat or dog has a recurring worm infestation, boost their immune system by feeding them a healthy diet filled with all the essential nutrients. An all natural diet from DoggoBone Active Raw Food or the  Vondi’s range (available at the Feelgood Health store, Unit 6, Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town or call 021 797 0193) contains no preservatives and is perfect to keep your dog healthy and strong.
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By taking preventative measures and making sure that your pet has regular vet check-ups, you will be able to protect and keep him healthy and free from intestinal worms.

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  • Feelgood Pets - October 17, 2017

    Hi Sonal Nayak,

    Thank you for reaching out to us and for your question.

    Please note that to deworm a kitten, we recommend that you give him/her our natural herbal deworming remedy, called Worm Dr Pets.

    Worm Dr Pets is an all natural herbal formula that expels internal parasites such as roundworm and tapeworm and restores digestive health after parasitic infection.

    We also suggest that you start giving your cat Vondi’s Diatomaceous Earth, together with Worm Dr Pets. Vondi’s Diatomaceous Earth is a certified 100% organic excellent supplement that repels worms and parasites in pets and promotes digestive health & balance.

    We hope that you have found the above to be helpful. Please let us know if you have anymore questions.

  • sonal nayak - April 21, 2017

    how to keep Persian cat warm free at home, suggest us medicine as well as home remedies. can i use castor oil, garlic and apple cider to keep warm free to kitten aged 5-8 months

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