Intestinal parasites are one of the most common infections in cats. Our pets have a high potential for infection due to the many varied ways they can contract intestinal parasites.
For example, roundworm larvae can pass through the placenta to infect puppies and kittens in the uterus even before they are born; microscopic worm eggs can pass to unsuspecting pets when they sniff the ground or each other’s fur; tapeworms can pass when pets chew at their fur when it’s itchy.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Common parasites found in cats are roundworms, tapeworm, hookworm, giardia and coccidia.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Symptoms of internal parasitic infections include weight loss, weak growth, diarrhea, vomiting, not eating and lethargy. However, your cat may not display any of these symptoms of parasitic diseases, that is why we recommend yearly parasite prevention to help protect your pet.
- Enlarged abdomen
- Dry skin and fur
- Vomiting (possibly with worms present)
- Weight loss
- Loss of energy
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Yes, parasitic infections in cats can be infectious to humans. Zoonotic diseases can occur most commonly by fecal-oral transmission.
What is the deworming schedule?
A deworming schedule is the time deworming medication is given to a pet. For example, Milbemax deworming medication is given one tablet by mouth every two weeks for six doses.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
There is always a chance of a side effect of medications. Talk to your veterinarian if your pet had any history of reactions to drugs.
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