PetMeds® Worms in Dogs and Cats: Symptoms and Treatment
|Intestinal worms are fairly common in particularly young dogs and cats, especially puppies and kittens, which in most cases are born with intestinal parasites such as roundworms. There are a variety of symptoms indicating possible intestinal parasites.
Symptoms of worms in pets include:
Pets with intestinal worms will often have unkempt hair coats that are dull with an excessive amount of shedding also seen. Many pet owners will often erroneously feel that their pets don’t have worms if they don’t visually see them in the stool. However, most of the time microscopic exam of stool samples by veterinarians or veterinary laboratories is necessary to diagnose intestinal parasites. The exception to this would be seeing tapeworms, which often appear like rice segments by the tail or anal area or sometimes seen in the stool.
If pets are heavily infested with roundworms, these can occasionally be seen in the vomit as long spaghetti looking worms. However, in most cases of intestinal worm infestation, microscopic evaluation is needed for diagnosis and best treatment plans. In cases of simple digestive upset many pet owners will often try to worm their pets at home first before going to a veterinarian. Wormers like Drontal Plus, Dog Worms 3 or Panacur C cover many types of worms. However, if symptoms persist or worsen, a veterinary exam is recommended, as overworming pets can cause intestinal inflammation and potentially chronic digestive tract issues as well.
Most of the routine monthly heartworm preventative medications such as Sentinel or Heartgard Plus, contain ingredients that also treat and control most intestinal worms – making these pet medications a great benefit to pet owners and their pets.