Animals can easily catch intestinal worms playing outside or going for a walk. The source can be contaminated soil, or a small infected animal or insect your pet comes into contact with. To adequately protect your furry friend, we recommend regular parasite prevention treatment to eradicate any parasites in the intestines. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about antiparasite treatment. Using fecal analysis, we can assess your pet and provide treatment.
How do intestinal worms affect my pet’s health?
There are different types of worms (flat, round, hooked, etc.), and they can all affect your pet in different ways. Animals infected do not always show symptoms, but when an infestation becomes serious enough, signs include abdominal pain, stomach swelling, diarrhea and blood in the stool. In extreme case, the intestine can become obstructed. Infected puppies and kittens can experience severe development problems.
How can I prevent my pet from getting intestinal parasites?
Prevention is as simple as deworming your dog or cat, based on your veterinarian’s recommendations. Dogs and cats can both be dewormed as of six weeks of age, following a strict deworming schedule. For adult pets, deworming should be done two to four times per year, depending on the animal’s lifestyle. Deworming treatments come in different options: liquid, pill form, or topical applications.
Can humans catch intestinal worms from a pet?
Yes, certain types of worms can be transmitted from animal to human. To reduce transmission risk, always wash your hands after touching an animal or coming into contact with animal feces.