Did you know that most puppies and kittens have intestinal parasites? Intestinal parasites, including worms, can be harmful to your pets and troublesome for the owners. For that reason, as early as three weeks of age, puppies and kittens should be checked for intestinal parasites; at this point, they should start their regular deworming schedule (vital for them to live a healthier and fuller life).
Adult dogs and cats should be tested yearly, as well, and dewormer should be given as necessary.
Testing for Intestinal Parasites in Pets
Veterinarians at Summerside Vet Hospital will test your pets for worms and other intestinal parasites by taking a small stool sample from your pet. Common parasites found in dogs and cats include Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, Whipworms, Giardia and Coccidia. Luckily, all of these intestinal parasites can be safely treated with a veterinarian recommended deworming protocol.
The symptoms of intestinal parasites include but are not limited to vomiting, coughing, anal irritation, loss of appetite, diarrhea, weight loss and worms in the feces. It is important to be noted that not all pets with worms will show symptoms and therefore fecal exams are a standard part of any animal’s preventive care exam.
Helpful Hints to Protect Your Pet from Worms
- Annual Fecal Examinations
- Deworming medication when needed
- Flea control products—helps prevent fleas which aids in the prevention of Tapeworms
- Clean up your pet’s stool regularly
- Keep your pet away from other pets’ feces
- Do not let your pets drink stagnant, standing or brackish water