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MOST COMMONLY FOUND PARASITES IN YOUR PET’S INTESTINES

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Your pet, a dog or a cat, can get infected internally with parasites or worms. Among which, the most common intestinal parasites are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Two of them like tapeworm and roundworm can be detected in your dog’s poop, but those that can’t be detected via your animal’s stool are others. These worms are hazardous for your animal and can lead to a life-threatening situation which you won’t want for your pet.

 

We at Ambassador Animal Hospital, the best Windsor veterinary professionals here, explain to you about these parasites in detail –

Roundworms: This parasite can be found in a newborn pup or kitten to adult ones. These worms transferred from mother’s uterus to a pup during pregnancy or can be transferred through her milk while nursing or feeding the pup. Do you know that a female roundworm can produce about 200,000 eggs in just one day? These eggs are protected by a hard shell, thus help them to develop into larvae.

Then, the larvae make their way to the intestinal tract where they grow up. They start shedding eggs and try to keep housing in the small intestine of your pup or kitten. Puppies & kittens with active roundworms in the intestines, generally seen to have a pot-bellied appearance and poor growth and can if it is not treated in time can cause death by an intestinal blockage.

Hookworms: Mostly found in dogs than cats, these hookworms are small thin-sized worms that line themselves with your dog’s intestine and suck blood. Similar to Roundworms, these can be transferred either through Mother’s uterus or while nursing young pups, but it can also transfer from contact with the larvae in stool-contaminated soil, or from ingesting the eggs after birth.

This parasite can cause death for young pups in the form of Anaemia caused by feeding worms or from the loss of blood. For older dogs, chronic hookworm infestation is the problem which means poor stamina, bloody diarrhoea, weight loss, anaemia, progressive weakness and vomiting of varying intensity. Severely affected pets often require hospitalisation, supportive care and medications to protect their digestive system.

Whipworms: This parasite is not deadly but can create the problem for your dog and is hard to diagnose by vet experts. More often found in dogs, these thread-like worms have one end enlarged. They live in your pet dog’s Cecum, the first section of large intestine. The best medications for its treatment are Milbemycin Oxime or Fenbendazole, though your dog might need several treatments and re-infection from contaminated environments can occur.

Tapeworms: These parasites are transferred when your pet animals ingest things that are infected with tapeworm eggs like fleas, etc. Tapeworms can grow up to 4 to 6 inches or more in your dog’s or cat’s intestines and can only be treated with veterinarians’ treatment and not the other way. In many cases, they are diagnosed simply by seeing their tiny terminal segments attached to the pet’s fur around the anus or under the tail.

Tapeworms are a very common intestinal parasite in dogs and rarely cats, and are not dangerous for your dog’s health, though should be treated in time.

There are other intestinal parasites also like Cryptosporidium, Coccidia, Giardia, etc that are also hazardous for your pet’s health. With our expert Windsor vet clinic services, you can rest assured for your dog’s or cat’s health as we are compassionate about your animal’s health.

For diagnosis, treatment and medications, book an appointment with us at ambassadorah@gmail.com or you can call us on call us on + 519-971-3100.

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