For intestinal parasites, your veterinarian can perform a physical exam and test a fecal sample. If it is determined that your pet has one of these parasites, he may prescribe a deformer solution as treatment. For cat and dog heartworm, prevention is key.
Please don’t attempt to treat your pet yourself-your cat should be treated for the specific type of worms he has. A dewormer that eradicates tapeworms, for example, will not kill roundworms. And some over-the-counter deworming medications can be harmful. After your vet has accurately diagnosed the type of parasite your pet has, he or she will then prescribe the best course of treatment, which may include an oral deworming agent.
There are some parasites that may not be detected with fecal testing, therefore a general dewormer is a great way to rid your pet of potential infections of common intestinal parasites. For new pets, puppies or kittens we will recommend a deworming treatment, followed by fecal testing to best evaluate if your new pet is parasite free. After this, we recommend giving your pet an easy to administer monthly parasite and heartworm preventive chew/pill.
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Parasites can make your pet miserable, but in severe cases can lead to extensive health complications such as anemia, infection, hair loss, diarrhea, vomiting, respiratory problems, organ failure, and even death. Prevention, recognition, and speedy treatment are the best methods to keep pets and pet parents happy and healthy.A common mistake is for a client to think that if their pet has normal feces and if no worms are seen, then there are no parasites; however microscopic analysis of your pet's feces is necessary for an accurate determination. It is for this reason that we ask for a stool sample at your pet's annual (or semi-annual) visit. Early detection of parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms coccidia and giardia is vital to successful treatment. Some of the symptoms of parasitic illness include: diarrhea, decreased appetite, poor hair coat, vomiting and weight loss or "pot belly". The presence of these symptoms is neither a confirmation nor indication of a parasitic infection. The only way diagnosis can be made is through IPT, and at that point an appropriate treatment or preventive program can be prescribed.Heartworm disease, caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitus, is a serious and life-threatening infection. Mosquitoes transmit heartworm larvae during blood feeding. The larvae matures in the subcutaneous tissue and migrates to the blood vessels. Adult heartworms can live in the host for several years and treatment options are not without risk. Monthly prevention and a yearly blood parasite screen are the best defense against heartworm disease. A blood parasite screen can be done in just a few minutes by testing a small sample of your pet’s blood in our lab. For more about heartworm disease, visit the . Even the cleanest, best cared-for pets are susceptible to these bugs, which take up residence in the stomach or intestines. Some of these parasites can be spread from mother to puppy or kitten or by fleas or rodents or through the feces. Good hygiene, regular visits to the veterinarian, preventive medicines and deworming treatments can keep your pets free of these pesky intruders. Luckily, if your pet is infected, many effective treatment options are available. Your vet can guide you on what is the best strategy for your pets.