Treating your Dog or Cat for Worms
Internal parasites can pose as a significant risk factor in the life of your dog or cat. It is a common occurence that can affect your canine or feline friend at any stage of their life. Worms, such as roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms, are internal parasites that commonly infect dogs, causing a myriad of problems. These pesky parasites drain nutrients from your pet's blood, adversely affecting its general health.
While dog worm infections are common and can be quite easily controlled and cured, some of these parasites can be dangerous and when certain types of these infections are left untreated, the results can be deadly. Therefore, it's good to have an idea of what to keep an eye out for so that you can ensure prompt treatment for your dog if he or she indeed does become a victim of parasitic worms.
Symptoms of Canine Worms
Your dog cannot gain weight
Your dog loses weight
Your dog loses energy, becomes apathetic
Vomiting and diarrhea
Swollen abdomen and rough coat (for puppies)
Dark colored and particularly bad-smelling dog feces
Most cats are exposed to worms at some point in their life, especially as kittens. These parasites live in a cat's intestines, stealing nutrients away from the infected animal and sometimes causing internal damage. Moreover, when suffering from a worm infestation, a cat becomes more susceptible to other infections and illnesses. Since these parasites can compromise your pet's health in a variety of ways, it's important to make sure that your cat is properly treated whenever it is infected with worms. In order to ensure that this is possible, it's helpful to be able to recognize some of the common symptoms that animals display when suffering from an infestation of internal parasites.
Common Symptoms of Worms
Anemia and poor weight-gain
Diarrhea with dark, foul-smelling feces
Swollen abdomen (kittens)
Loss of energy
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