Worms are very common in the environment and are generally picked up by dogs and cats in social environments such as parks, roaming the neighbourhood and friend’s houses.
Worm eggs are generally shed in faeces and picked up by dogs and cats when they are snifﬁng about or licking their feet and coats after coming into contact with the eggs on the faeces or ground. Your dog or cat can also get worms by walking on ground with infective larvae penetrating through skin.
Worms mostly infect their natural host which is the dog or cat but sometimes we see “zoonotic” infections which means it has been transmitted to an “unnatural” host such as humans. The most susceptible people to infection are children. It is very important to teach children to practice good hygiene when playing with pets and when around the garden or if there is the potential to come in into contact with pet faeces.
It’s best to worm your dogs and cats regularly using worming tablets or chews, or the form of drops placed onto the back of the animal’s neck.