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Worms!

Internal parasitic infection is one of the most common problems.
      Symptoms of internal parasite infection include:
     loose or frequent bowel movements,
     anal irritation,
     poor coat,
     skin problems,
     general itchiness,
     bloating,
     weight loss,
     bad breath,
     colic,
     failure to thrive,
     loss of pregnancy,
     and decreased milk production.
     The bad news is not only can these parasites cause disease in your pet, some are contagious to people!  (Do we have your attention now?) Four thousand children a year in the United States are diagnosed with roundworm infestation, it is the second leading cause of early childhood blindness in the world.  The Center for Disease Control recommends routine fecal testing  and regular deworming for all cats and dogs, to prevent disease in pets and people!
There are two ways your veterinarian can diagnose the type of worm;
     1.  Seeing the worm.
     2.  Testing the stool.  Sometimes it can take three (3) stool tests to diagnose worms.  Frustrating!
tapeworms on fur
Tapeworms have small rice like appearance around your pet’s rectum.
Once your veterinarian has diagnosed the worm, or gotten an idea of what type it is, she can prescribe a dewormer.  Do not be fooled by over the counter worming medications, they often do not “treat” but they “control”, and that slippery wording means your pet will still have worms after you give it.  Only give your pet dewormers prescribed by your veterinarian for your specific pet;  you can easily make your pet sick if you overdose and you will not eliminate the worms if you underdose.  If it has been a while since your pet has been examined, the veterinarian may need to re-examine your pet in order to prescribe the correct medicine.

 

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