Dogs and Cats with Intestinal Worms
The most common internal intestinal parasite problems in pets dogs and cats are intestinal worms (intestinal roundworm, intestinal tapeworm,
intestinal hookworm and intestinal whipworm) and heartworm.
Common symptoms of intestinal worms in dogs and cats can include:Diarrhea - Weight loss, Gastrointestinal disturbances Anemia , Scratching, particularly around the base of the tail , - Vomiting, Mild to severe coughing, Eating a great deal without putting on weight, Bad breath
Puppies and kittens with intestinal worms like roundworms may appear to have a pot belly and exhibit slow growth. They can be born with a roundworm infection or become infected
from the mother’s milk. Rodents are also common carriers, so if you have a hunter in the household, it is wise to regularly check for roundworm.
As with roundworms, puppies and kittens can be infested in utero or from the mother’s milk. Intestinal Hookworms attach to the wall of the intestine and suck blood.
It the infestation is severe the animal will develop anemia. "Older dogs" with a weakened immune system are also susceptible to intestinal worms and may show signs such as
poor weight maintenance, poor stamina, progressive weakness, and possibly bloody diarrhea.
Intestinal Whipworms are difficult to detect as they are seldom seen in the stool and they produce relatively few eggs, so a single fecal exam may not reveal the problem.
The most common signs of intestinal worm as intestinal whipworm are chronic weight loss and stools that seem to have a mucous covering–particularly on the last bit of stool passed.
Whipworm infestation has also been known to manifest the same symptoms as Addison’s Disease.
Prevention and Treatment.
A healthy dog or cat with a strong immune system eating a high-quality, raw food diet is not only less susceptible to intestinal worms and parasites of all kinds, she also will be more able to eliminate any infestation that does occur without intervention. Cleaning litter boxes regularly or “scooping” the yard on a regular basis is also important.
In treating puppies and kittens is generally recommended to use prescription intestinal de-wormers.
The newer prescription intestinal worm medications available in 1-800-PetMeds to veterinarians are very effective and relatively safe and gentle.
As intestinal worm medications only kill the worms in the animal’s intestines, a fecal analysis should be done approximately 3 weeks after the initial
de-worming to ensure that no migrating intestinal worms were able to re-infest the animal’s intestines.
Intestinal worms herbal remedies have been used successfully for many years. They are particularly effective for less severe intestinal worms infestations and are safer and gentler than over-the-counter medications. There are no rigorous tests of the natural intestinal de-worming remedies available,since there is no money to be made there, but these remedies in have been used for many years for humans, dogs and cats infested with intestinal worms.
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