How are your pets affected by worms and the best solution?
Dogs and cats are not only just pets but also treated as members of the family. Therefore, like any other member, it's important to keep your companion animal healthy and free of parasites. No one likes the thought that their pets may be carrying worms that are living in their internal organs. Moreover, it includes the fear of worms that can cause illness – both in pets and indeed in ourselves.
But it's quite common that our pets will be infected with internal or external worms at some point in their lifetime. So, in this article, we will learn about the symptoms of worms in dogs, and to learn what you need to do to minimize their impact on your dog – and on your family health.
What are worms in pets?
The worm is a kind of parasite with an immensely small size that lives inside cats or dogs' body by draining blood and nutrients, which can cause suffering, illness and even death.
Dogs and cats get worms that can be classified by round or flat shape. Three types of round-shaped worms (nematodes) live in animals' intestines: roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Besides, two types of flat-shaped tapeworms (cestodes) - echinococcus and taenia live in pet intestines and other organs, including the liver.
Dogs often get hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. While cats get roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, but not whipworms.
How are your pets affected by worms?
In fact, one worm can produce more than 100,000 eggs per day, which are then transmitted in the pet’s feces and spread throughout the area the pet roams. Once in the environment, some of these eggs may remain infective and present a health risk for your pet and humans for years.
Normally, worms may not be too dangerous, but if left untreated, worms can damage your dog’s internal organs and lead to loss of consciousness and death.
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How do I know if my pet has fleas and/or ticks?
Even though each parasite affects dogs and cats differently, having some general warning symptoms that pet owners should be aware of. If your pet does have the parasite, you may see blood in the stool (either bright red or darker purple); or worms in feces or vomit, or around your pet's bottom.
Other signs your pet could have worms: start losing weight; their fur is becoming dry and coarse; increased appetite, weakness, and diarrhea. In severe cases, infected dogs and cats can have a distended abdomen or 'pot belly'.
Treatment and prevention of worms
Because worms can enter your pet's body in many different ways, so it's essential to ensure your housing is regularly cleaned and disinfected (but only use a disinfectant that is safe for animals), disinfect food and water bowls regularly, clean up after your pet and dispose of feces carefully and, if possible, prevent your pets from eating wild animals that may carry worms.
Additionally, exercising good hygiene precautions are also important for children, who should be taught not to share food plates with the dog and to wash their hands after stroking or playing with him or her.
Especially, you need to worm your dog regularly even if you haven’t seen any symptoms of worms, to kill the worms that are present and prevent reinfection - an effective preventive measure.
Treatment of this condition will depend in part on the veterinarian's diagnosis. Forms of treatment that can be administered at home may include tablets, powders, chews, pastes, topical treatments.
Particularly, treatment can be done at home, easily and effectively with our LUCICO Cat Dewormer or LUCICO Dog Dewormer. It is designed with breakable cats/dogs dewormer tablets that can be fed whole or crushed and mixed with food.
LUCICO wormer tablets are safe for young puppies over the age of 2 weeks and over 6 weeks of age for kitty. LUCICO dewormer helps to solve your cat and dog's health problems involving tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ringworms, ascarids, and nematodes. There is no effect on humans when playing with cats/dogs using dewormer.
In general, if you worm your dog regularly, and clean up feces, any risks should be kept to a minimum.
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