Types of Worms

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Understanding Internal Worms in Pets

Types of Internal Parasites


Internal parasites, commonly known as worms, encompass various types, including:

  • Roundworm: Tubular in shape, resembling coiled spaghetti.
  • Tapeworm: Composed of tiny rice-like segments, often attaching to each other to form a long worm.
  • Lungworm: Transmitted through larvae in slugs or snails, affecting dogs.

Impact on Pets


  • Roundworm and tapeworm reside in the intestines, feeding off the lining and causing symptoms such as diarrhoea, vomiting, and weight loss.
  • Lungworm, though named for its impact on the lungs, can cause various symptoms including lethargy, weight loss, and diarrhoea.

Prevention and Treatment

Preventive Measures:

Routine parasite treatment, typically administered monthly, helps prevent infestation in pets.

Commonly Affected:

Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible to tapeworm and roundworm due to maternal transmission.