Worm infestation in pets
Worms that infect dogs and cats are parasites. They feed on their host in different ways. For example, they can extract important nutrients from the pet’s diet and deprive the animal of essential nutritional components. Most adult worms live in the small and/or large intestine of the animal. Pets can be infected by worms without you knowing it. Almost all dogs and cats go through an infection with worms in their lives. First and foremost, it has to do with roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, heart and whipworms and roundworms.
The health damage caused to worms in dogs and cats varies greatly and depends heavily on the age, health, and resilience of the animal.
- General weakening of the animal and its defense system
- A dull, shaggy coat
- weight loss
- Inflated belly (worm belly)
- Decreased fertility and efficiency
- Dermatitis and anemia
- Visible worm parts in the feces
- Blood in the feces
- Bad wound healing
- to cough
In juveniles, a massive infestation of the animals can even lead to death.
Danger to humans
Infection with worms can lead to serious organ disorders and damage in humans, which can even be fatal. In untreated tapeworm infection, abdominal pain, bloody-slimy diarrhea, weight loss, hepatic impairment, atrophy, and embolism may occur.
Prevent worm infestation
Worm infestation can best be prevented if dogs and cats are prophylactically – dewormed every 3-4 months. In this way, you will optimally protect your pet against the dangers of worm infections and reduce the infestation of the environment with infectious worm eggs. Make sure your four-legged friend does not pick up feces from other animals. Examine your pet regularly for flea infestations because fleas can transmit the dangerous tapeworm.
By the 12th week, it is recommended to deworm the quadrupeds every two weeks and then every three months. However, if the pet shows symptoms of infestation or, for example, catch mice or rats more often, further warming is necessary. Visit your veterinarian to learn more about the different wormers.