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With internal worms, the internal parasites, which are the worms. So within this group, we have lots of different types of worms. And the most common ones that we see are the roundworm, the tapeworm and lungworm. So roundworm and tapeworm live in the intestines and they are very different in their shapes and a little bit different in how they work as well. The roundworms are as they sound, they are tubular and they will look like little circles. When they are all coiled up, they look like spaghetti basically. And then, the tapeworm are little tiny bits of, what looks like, little grains of rice. And they attach themselves to each other and produce a really long worm, but it is made up of lots of different tapeworm segments. Both of these worms can affect your pets by feeding from the intestine. By doing that, they are destroying the lining of the intestine and can... They can cause bleeding. They can also cause ulceration and destruction of that lining which then impairs the absorption from the gut. So the common symptoms for these worms are diarrhoea, sometimes vomiting and weight loss is the other thing that can happen because you are just not absorbing, the pets are not absorbing the nutrients as they should be.

Lungworm is another important parasite that we see. This is a type of worm that is transmitted from an animal through larval stages that live in either slugs or snails. And then, these slugs or snails become ingested or licked by your dogs. This is a parasite that will only affect the dog and then they can cause disease in your dog. And it is not... It is a little bit misleading calling it lungworm because it is not always the lungs where you are gonna see the symptoms. Yes, you can get breathing problems, you can get coughing, you can get vomiting because of the damage they are doing in the lungs. But you will often find other symptoms such as lethargy, weight loss, you can even get the diarrhoea symptoms with this as well. So if your pet is not protected against worms and they are showing any of the symptoms; vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing problems, it is worth considering those parasites as a potential cause. The good news is that all of these parasites are preventable with routine parasite treatment and this mostly would be monthly treatments to try and prevent these parasites from affecting your pets.

The most common ones that we see are in puppies and kittens and they would be the tapeworm and the roundworm. And that is mainly because they have not been treated and potentially their mothers have not been treated. And the mother has transmitted those worms to her kittens or her puppies when she is grooming them and looking after them. So, it is quite normal for a young animal to have these worms and that is why when you go to the vet, you will often get those treatments, those tapeworm and roundworm treatments before you get anything else.