Worms in pets

Worms in pets

Pets have different worms or parasites e.g. Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Whip worms, Heart worms, Toxoplasma, Coccidia, Giardia etc. The best solution …. regularly de-worming at proper intervals especially at young age, can reduce the risk and help prevent to pets or human. More than 15,000,000 people in the United States are infected with the larvae of Roundworms from dogs and cats annually and about 1500 children lose their vision as a result of this parasites ’ larval migration in their eyes. Educating the children for a proper hygiene is very essential. Most of the new born puppies are infected with roundworms from their mothers. Hookworms also cause larval migrants and enteritis in people. The most common Tapeworm of dogs and cats are acquired from ingesting fleas.

We highly recommend to check all pets (puppies, kittens, adult dogs and cats and especially pregnant bitches or queens) for regular deworming and fecal checkups to be medicated appropriately. A fresh sample of feces is all it takes to screen-check, your pets for parasites. A recommendation of a specific medication is given after finding under microscope any parasite or its egg.

Tapeworms A small white worm segment you see moving around the pet’s bottom area (scooting on floor) or on its feces is tapeworm and is filled with eggs. The segments break, become dry (frequently seen like a rice grain adhering to hair coat around anal area). Call us at 562-630-2082 if you have concern for any parasite in your pet or human exposure.

Very high majority of pets having fleas have tapeworms and continue having as long as they have fleas (and so can people by accidental ingestion of fleas). In spite of treatment the tapeworms will reappear in as little as two to six weeks, if pets continue having fleas . A fecal or stool sample checkup under microscope may give an answer or at least, we will be able to tell you whether the pet has other than tapeworms.

These tapeworms rob nutrients from your pet and can cause weight loss or other problems of digestive system. The best way to prevent the tapeworm is the year-around flea-control both on your (all) pets and their environment.

We carry genuine professional flea products at competitive prices (SEE SPECIAL). Please call us about worms or other parasites and a complete flea control program.

Giardia A small parasite is very common in dogs or cats and is mostly contracted by ingestion of Giardia cysts in contaminated water. These cysts can survive for weeks to months in a cool, moist or wet environment. After ingestion, the cysts divide and multiply in the small intestine and continue to remain there or migrate to large bowels. Giardia causes diarrhea or loose feces, variably containing mucous and even blood. It can be accompanied by cramps or pain in the abdomen, occasionally vomiting and even weight loss due to mal-absorption (chronic condition). A simple test on the fresh fecal sample of your pets can be done to identify or diagnose the infection and in some cases a blood sample is sent to laboratory for diagnosis. Please call for more information or make appointment with the doctor for your pet at (562)630-2082 for any concerns.

Heart-worms These worms are in the heart of dogs or cats. They can grow as long as 12 inches. The adult female heart worms produce larvae worms which circulate in the blood stream of a dog or cat, and through the mosquito bite are transferred into the body of a mosquito, and again these are transmitted by that mosquito into the skin of another pet through their bite while taking another blood meal. These larvae then migrate into heart chamber  in about 2-6 months as adult worms. The clinical symptoms of coughing, difficult breathing, tired easily and depressed are common.

Most of these pets die of heart failure or respiratory diseases in cats….even one heart-worm can lead to sudden death.

Treatment can be very expensive and dangerous but prevention is far better and preferable. A blood test can be done for hear worms before every mosquito season and pet put on a preventive medication. We carry different preventive medications like Heartgard and Revolution after a negative heart worm blood test. Please Call us at 562-630-2082 for an appointment to prevent this deadly disease.

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