For responsible pet owners – like the one reading this article – here are deworming info basics.
A cursory survey of purge-type dewormers reveal these types: granular types for mixing with pet food, chewable tablets flavored or not, pills, and liquid suspensions.
There are multi-cellular organisms, like your pet, and single-celled ones, which can live in the intestines of pets – intestinal parasites so small and so damaging when left unchecked.
The usual worms found in these places are roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and tapeworms.
The one-celled parasites to note are Coccidia and Giardia.
What these worms do, as they live in the intestines, is sift your pet’s normal share of nutrients.
This leads to malnutrition and if left unchecked serious intestinal problems, among other things. In puppies it’s worse – since they’re defenseless – they can develop pneumonia and die.
Did you know that roundworms can be transmitted to people?
Kids in particular are vulnerable. Roundworms enter major organs leading to lung, brain, or liver damage. Permanent or partial blindness can happen when roundworm larvae enter the eyes.
Signs your own pet may be worm-infected
The outward symptoms of worm infection, obvious to vets but not to normal people, are not easy to spot.
It’s easy to attribute small changes in how they look to anything but worms.
Still, if you should notice excessive coughing, diarrhea, or a change in coat or appetite, you should bring your pet to your vet. What detects the presence of worms is usually a routine fecal.
So be ready to wrap up some fresh stool samples from your pet, since your vet may ask for them.
Should worms be spotted, your vet will most likely recommended a deworming program for you to administer and follow. Listen to you vet when you are briefed about the current all wormer for dogs that are available today.
This treatment is often only given once a month, so there’s no major change if your agenda if you’re a busy person.
That’s convenient since some of them require prescriptions from a vet.
Parasite prevention is the best course here, it’s cheaper and you don’t risk your pet’s health – keep that in mind when shopping for all wormer for dogs.
Understanding disease transmission
Nursing female dogs and cats – and their litters – are a major source for the spread of eggs and larvae that can infect other pets and even humans.
When you have puppies, kittens, and pregnant cats or dogs in your home – that’s a bad sign.
Keep you family in as you decide whether to talk to your vet about this matter.
If you have kids, that’s all the more reason to contact your vet about deworming.