Intestinal Worms

Intestinal Worm Prevention

It is very important to understand there are two broad categories of worms that are different and may affect your pet dog and cat; heartworm and intestinal worms.

Intestinal worms are common parasites in dogs and cats and if left untreated may cause severe illness or even death. Our tropical climate in Mackay is very favourable for their life cycles meaning the worms are able to reproduce quickly and easily.

The importance of controlling intestinal worms should never be underestimated as some worms that infect your pet can pose significant health risks to your family members.

All dogs and cats need be weighed to dose correctly with a reputable product such as ‘Drontal’ following the recommended treatment program:

  • Fortnightly until 16 weeks of age
  • Monthly until 6 months of age
  • Every 3 months thereafter

We understand how difficult it can be to medicate dogs and cats, therefore we provide a FREE service to our clients to administer worm tablets.  We will weigh your pet on our electronic scales and recommend and administer a suitable product. 

Andergrove Veterinary Clinic sends regular reminders for intestinal worming for complete protection all year round. Please phone us if you have a query regarding the intestinal worm status of your dog or cat so we can provide you with the necessary information.

Phone today and book a worming appointment with our nurses

Below are some of the common intestinal worms in Mackay which can affect your pets.


Hookworm are the most dangerous of all intestinal worms.  They suck blood in the intestines and can transfer to humans. Symptoms include diarrhea, dehydration, pales gums, weakness, which can lead to death.


Roundworms symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and a pot belly appearance.  Theses worms can pass from pets to humans and affect your whole family, especially children. 


Whipworms can lay 2,000 eggs a day in the intestine which pass out in droppings and survive around your home for years. Symptoms include pain, diarrhea and weight loss.

Flea Tapeworms

If your pet eats fleas whilst grooming, tapeworm larvae develop in the intestines.  Whilst not a major health risk, it causes itching and scooting (rubbing backside along the ground).

Hydatid Tapeworms

If your pet is around, cattle, kangaroos and wildlife it can become infected with hydatid tapeworms that can be passed on to humans posing a serious health risk to you and your family.

Spirometra Tapeworms

Spirometra is a common tropical tapeworm picked up by playing with or eating geckos, frogs and lizards. As cats and some dogs have a natural hunting instinct it is recommended to worm your pet with a reputable product such as ‘Virbac Taperwormer’.