Some owners might understand how important it is to take certain precautions to keep their dogs and cats safe. But others – those who might forget to have their pets vaccinated annually or who forgo getting them on tick and flea preventive pet drugs might actually be putting their dogs and cats at great risk.
Worms are a huge problem for your dog or cat as these internal parasites live in animals’ intestines and other organs and thrive by consuming their blood and nutrients. Dogs can get many different varieties of worms including hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Cats are known to become infested with many of these worms, except for whipworms. In both domestic animals, the most prevalent varieties are roundworms and hookworms.
You might assume that heartworm parasites are spread like other worms, however they are actually spread by infected mosquitoes. Almost all puppies and kittens are born with intestinal worms. Although in many cases they will clear up on their own, if you have a new pet you should bring it to the vet for worm testing right away to have it vaccinated.
Adult pets can also pick up worms by eating fleas, catching game like mice or snails or eating the feces of other animals.
If your pooch isn’t properly vaccinated or isn’t on preventative medication, it might develop a worm infestation. Signs that a dog has intestinal worms can greatly vary but may include the dog losing weight even if it continues to eat just as much of its pet food like Halo Spot’s Stew Adult Dry Dog Food. Fido might also develop a dull or unkempt coat, a swollen belly or you could find actual worms in the dog’s stool.
If you notice any of these issues or if your dog just isn’t acting like its usual playful self, you should bring it to the vet’s office for observation. The vet might ask you to bring in a stool sample, because testing the matter is a common way to diagnose worms.
Once the problem is diagnosed as intestinal worms or heartworms the vet will prescribe de-worming medication such as Dog Worms 3, a broad-spectrum de-wormer, to try and curb the problem. You can stick the capsules in Greenies Pill Pockets to ensure the dog ingests the whole pill. The vet will also recommend starting your pup on a heartworm preventative like Revolution or Sentinel to avoid future problems.