Worms are parasites in dogs and cats that if left untreated may cause severe illness or even death.
COMMON TYPES OF WORMS
- Heartworm is contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito and is the deadliest of all canine parasites.
- One a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, it takes about 7 months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms that lodge in the heart and lungs.
Symptoms in dogs: coughing, shortness of breath, fainting, listlessness, weight loss, loss of appetite, swelling of the abdomen, abnormal heart rate, liver enlargement.
Symptoms in cats: difficulty breathing, lethary, loss of appetite & weight loss, sporadic vomiting & diarrhoea, or sudden death in apparently healthy animals.
- Tapeworms attach themselves to the small intestinal wall.
- Infection usually occurs following the ingestion of flea larvae.
- A common symptom is white segments either on the animal or in the stool.
- Virtually every puppy is born with roundworms or can become infected while nursing.
- Roundworms live freely in the intestine, feeding off partially digested intestinal contents.
- Roundworms may cause diarrhoea and vomiting in young cats and dogs.
- Intestinal parasites – small, thin worms less than an inch long – that are common in dogs and can also affect humans by migrating through the skin.
- All hookworms have hook-like teeth or plates to help them attach to the intestinal wall.
- Symptoms include intestinal distress, pale gums, bloody diarrhoea, weight loss and a poorly conditioned coat.
- a family of parasites that cause a disease called Trichuriasis.