As pet owners I’m sure most of you have heard of, or had firsthand experience, with some type of intestinal parasites. Whether it be a new kitten or puppy you’ve previously adopted or your dog has picked up roundworms from the infected stool of another dog at the dog park, worms are a fact of life when you own a dog or cat. Pets of all ages are at risk. Some of the offending culprits we can see with the naked eye like roundworms and tapeworms, but most of these internal parasites are microscopic and your pet may be shedding eggs in their poop without you even knowing it.
Most pets with intestinal parasites will show no signs of infection, however some do. Signs to look for include vomiting, loss of appetite, low energy level, distended stomach and on occasion severe weight loss.
Fortunately intestinal parasites are typically easy to treat, but there is not 1 medication that eradicates them all. Whether it be in the form of an oral pill, liquid, or a topical preparation applied monthly to the skin on the back of your pets neck, PREVENTION is the key to protect both your pet and your family.
One of our wonderful veterinarians here at College Manor Veterinary Hospital are always available to help customize a treatment plan specifically for your pet to eliminate and help prevent these parasitic infections.
Please call College Manor Vet to schedule your animal companion for his/her annual preventive care exam and we’ll be happy to discuss your pet and their individual lifestyle and preventative needs at 905-853-4706.
Written By: Dr. Karyn Allison, DVM