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HOW TO TELL IF YOUR DOG OR CAT HAS INTESTINAL PARASITES?

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Dogs (and cats) are victims of several intestinal parasites recurrently referred to as worms. The most common of them are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.  And of these four only two are generally seen in the stool with the unaided eye: roundworms and tapeworms.

 

 

Often you will be able to tell if your dog or cat has worms by the indications they are exhibiting. Most worm infestations cause any or all of these symptoms, such as:

  • Diarrhoea, perhaps with blood
  • Weight loss
  • Dry hair
  • General poor appearance
  • Vomiting, perhaps with worms in the vomit

However, We at Ambassador Animal Hospital believe that some infestations cause few or no symptoms and you should consult your vets at earliest. In fact, some worm eggs or larvae can be inactive in the pet’s body and activated only in times of stress, or in the case of roundworms and hookworms until the later stages of pregnancy when they activate and infest the soon-to-be-born puppies and kittens.

Roundworms can assume different sizes. Tapeworms, meanwhile, will not be seen outwardly; in fact, all you might see in the stool or attached to the fur would be the minor segments that detach from the end of the tapeworm. Hooks and whips are also so small that they rarely are seen in the stool. This is exactly why a stool sample is often required in order to discover which parasite is present; the occurrence of these worms’ eggs can often only be discovered microscopically.

Keep in mind that it is the aim of each parasite to stay in the safety of the intestinal tract; if they come out, they’ll die! They don’t want to be detected!  So take your pets to veterinarian Windsor in order to treat them rightly.

For more information related to parasites, you can contact us by dropping an email to us at ambassadorah@gmail.com.

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