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Internal Parasites

Treatment for Internal Parasites

Just like we can become infected with parasites, our furry friends are at risk of infection, which can impact their health and lead to worse conditions. Many people are familiar with external parasites such as ticks or fleas while internal parasites may be harder to detect. That's why prevention is so crucial, and if your pet has parasites, prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential for your pet to remain healthy. Many parasites can also infect humans as well.

Treatment for Internal Parasites

Many internal parasites attach to your pet's intestines. These include a variety of worms along with giardia and coccidia, which can affect both dogs and cats. There are differences in how pets react to certain parasites, however. For example, heart worms can infect and multiply in dogs until a single animal is infected with hundreds of worms. It's less likely for cats to become infected like this because worms typically cannot reach the adult stage in felines; however, they can still do a lot of damage.

Pets can contract parasites in a variety of ways. Heartworm can be transmitted from a mosquito bite while contact with infected soil, food, water, or feces can lead to parasitic infections. Your pets may become infected with tapeworms after eating a small animal or insect that has tapeworms.

Parasites are difficult because many are so small that you cannot see signs of them. The exception to this is tapeworms, which look like pieces of rice that can be seen in a pet's stool and around their rectum, and roundworms which may appear in fecal matter and vomit. Keep an eye out for the following signs of parasites in your pets:

    • Weight loss
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Distended stomach
    • Coughing
    • Scooting

However, your beloved pet can be infected without any outward sign of infection, which is why annual veterinary checkups are crucial to diagnosing parasites. Have any new pets examined before they come into contact with your pets to prevent further transmission of internal parasites.

Fortunately, you can prevent some infections. Monthly heartworm pills are available for dogs and cats, and this medication can prevent other types of parasitic infections. Your vet can provide a prescription for these products. Most products come in cat and dog varieties, and you should not use parasite medicine for dogs on your cat and vice versa. Collars and topical medicines also serve this purpose.

If you suspect your pet has a parasite, seek help from a veterinarian as soon as possible. Many prevention methods function as treatment as well. For example, monthly cat treatments actually kill parasites already in their system rather than preventing new infections.

Help with Parasites in Stockton

For more information, call Venetian Pet Hospital at (209) 477-3926!