Pet Intestinal Parasites

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Intestinal parasites are one of the most common problems veterinarians see in dogs and cats affecting pets of any age, they are a health a problem primarily in young dogs, dogs whose life style increases their risk of exposure, dogs living in sub-standard conditions and dogs with other health issues.

What are symptoms of parasites infestation?.

Parasites are often “silent” and you will not know you pet has them, particularly in adult animals.
The most common early signs of intestinal parasites in puppies or kittens are poor growth, dull hair coat, lack of playful energy, diarrhea, flatulence and anemia. Many of these puppies have bony bodies but potbellied, big tummies. Many are anemia. In some cases worms can be seen either in stool, vomit, or on the hair  around anus. Sometimes, Heavily infested young animal can show symptoms of obstruction such as acute vomiting and dehydration. Puppies and kitten may still have the appetite until they become seriously ill.
Some parasites migrate through the lungs, some of these pets have a soft cough and can be mistaken for kennel cough.

What are the most common intestinal parasites affecting dogs and cats?

Many parasites can be found in stool but the following are common
Roundworms =Ascaridiasis, Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina
Tapeworms= dipylidium caninum, Taenia taeniaeformis
Coccidia = coccidiosis, Isospora species
Giardia = Giardia duodenalis, G. intestinalis, G. lamblia
Whipworms = Trichuris vulpis
Hookworms= Ancylostoma caninum is a species infects dogs, while  Ancylostoma tubaeforme for cats
Strongyloides = Strongyloides stercoralis, threadworms

What to do to know my pet have worms or intestinal parasites?

Some of them can be seen by the naked eye like roundworms and tapeworms, but most of these internal parasites are microscopic and pets may shed eggs in their poop.
If you recognize or see worms in stool, take some stool including worms you suspect to vet at Brooker Ridge Anima Hospital, they can help you identifying the parasites found. In most cases stool needed to be microscopically examined for the parasites, their eggs or cysts. Call now at 905-898-1010 to schedule a visit.