Gastrointestinal parasites- Is your pet at risk
The term “worms” is often used to describe gastrointestinal parasites in our dogs and cats. Not all gastrointestinal parasites are worms.
How do you know if your dog or cat is at risk for gastrointestinal parasites?
Any indoor or outdoor dog or cat can become infected with a gastrointestinal parasite. Sometimes, dogs and cats can even get gastrointestinal parasites from an unlikely source (like a flea!).
Gastrointestinal parasite infections tend to occur more common in young animals or those with compromised immune systems.
How will you know if your dog or cat has a gastrointestinal parasite?
Vomiting or diarrhea are signs an infected dog or cat may display. A heavy infection of worms may be in the vomit or feces. Other possible signs include weight loss, poor hair coat and pale gums. Dogs and cats may not show the obvious clinical signs and regular fecal examinations are the best detection.
What role does your veterinarian play?
A veterinarian will recommend the best treatment by taking into account your dog or cat’s habits, life style, diet and a thorough examination.
Keeping pet owners healthy
Remember that it is always important to observe proper hygiene after handling pets and disposing of pet feces.
Be sure to schedule regular veterinary examinations to detect parasites early.
SOURCE Canadian Animal Health Institute