Huntingdon Valley Veterinary Hospital Treats Pet Parasites
Some pets have an innately affectionate nature about them, and wind up making friends wherever they go. Certain relationships, however, are best left unestablished. Parasites such as Heartworms and roundworms not only make your pet’s daily routine miserable and uncomfortable, but may also cause detrimental health problems. Making sure your Pet Visits the vet regularly, and receives oral and topical preventatives, can help allow for your pet to live a healthy life.
The most common types of intestinal parasites which infect both dogs and cats are roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. Not as common, but more deadly are heartworms, which are a kind of internal parasite which results in severe lung disease, heart failure, and potentially death. If you notice your furry friend experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and severe coughing, it is essential that you bring them to our hospital today for a thorough examination.
Roundworms are most commonly found in puppies. Puppies who have been purchased from pet shops and puppy mills are more likely to have these parasites, due to the close quarters that they are confined to. These worms are acquired through a fecal-oral transmission, and often use dogs and cats as their host. If left untreated, intestinal inflammation, failure to grow, and anemia can occur.
The hookworm is another parasite found in puppies commonly, for they are transmitted through the milk of their mothers. The infestation of hookworms is caused by ingestion of parasite eggs or larval penetration of the skin. A dog or cat who has been infected by this parasite will often look unhealthy and have a poor appetite. Diarrhea, pale gums, and poor hair quality are other clinical symptoms of the presence of the parasite.
Heartworms are found in dogs and cats alike, and spend most of their adult life in the blood vessels surrounding the heart and lungs. Heartworm transmission occurs when a mosquito sucks blood from an infected animal, and then bites another victim. The larvae are transmitted through the skin and into the bloodstream. They then move to the heart and develop into adult worms, which live in the chambers of the heart or lungs. Symptoms of this infestation include a mild to a persistent cough, difficulty breathing, reduced appetite, and weight loss.