About Worm Infestations in Pets

Several different kinds of parasites can cause issues in pets, and the veterinary staff at All Creatures Animal Hospital in Murrieta, California, is ready to help individuals manage their pet’s parasite problems. This facility treats gastrointestinal parasites, which are common in many domestic pets and effect the small intestine, large intestine, stomach, colon, and other types of parasites as well. If a pet has a parasite infestation that goes untreated, he or she could suffer from intestinal compaction, failure to thrive, weight loss, anemia, and/or diarrhea.

Another issue involved with intestinal parasites is the chance of spreading the parasite to a human through the ingestion of parasite eggs. Pets who serve as hosts to parasites most normally experience tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, giardia, and coccidia infestations. One common way of spreading these worms is through fecal-oral transmission; many dogs and cats can also ingest fleas or small animals that host worms.

When diagnosing a pet with worms, a simple process known as fecal floatation is used to distinguish worm eggs from fecal matter. In addition to year-round heartworm medication, All Creatures Animal Hospital recommends that families deworm their pets at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age through a dose of deworming medication. For adult animals, fecal exams should be given two to four times a year. For more information about deworming, contact the All Creatures Animal Hospital office at (951) 600-0830.

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