Tips for preventing worms in your home
- Many of the major worm prevention techniques are tasks that you will probably carry out anyway as part of the routine of taking care of your dog. However, it's important to be aware of everything you can do to prevent the spread of infection, and remove unnecessary risks.
- Checking and treating your dogs for ticks and fleas is vital for preventing the spread of worms. Tapeworm eggs can be carried inside fleas, and if swallowed can soon establish themselves inside your pet's stomach. Flea breeding grounds such as soft furnishings and dog beds should also be kept clean.
- While pests such as rodents are usually put off by the presence of dogs, you should still work to ensure that there is no way for rats and mice to get into your house. Your dog is likely to catch them, and they can spread infection if carried in the mouth.
- If one dog falls sick, try to quarantine them away from other pets, to ensure they do not pass anything on. Have all pets in your household checked to ensure they have not contracted the infection.
- Ensure you dispose of faeces quickly and properly, and change litter boxes at least once a day. Segments of the infection may otherwise be picked up by mites and fleas, and can cause the worms to spread to other pets.
- Dogs do groom themselves but they're also notorious for getting themselves dirty. Make sure you groom dogs regularly, regardless of how clean they usually are, to ensure they're free from fleas and ticks.
- Consider regular treatment against worms to lower the risk of infection.
- If your dog becomes pregnant, talk to your vet about administering a preventative treatment for worms to ensure that any potential infection is not passed on.