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January 15, 2018

If you have a pet, you are probably aware that intestinal parasites are common in cats and dogs. They are especially prevalent in puppies and kittens, but adult animals are also at risk. It is important that pet parents need to keep an eye out for the signs of parasites, perform regular parasite checks, and speak to a vet when parasites are suspected.

What are common symptoms of parasites? What is the treatment?

The symptoms of various types of parasite are similar – often including weight loss, vomiting, coughing and diarrhea. If your pet is exhibiting these signs, it’s time to take a trip to the vet.

A veterinarian will be able to test your pet’s stool and determine which, if any, parasite your pet has. Your vet will then be able to prescribe your pet an appropriate deworming medication. Deworming medications may need to be used periodically for several months to rid your pet of parasites.

How do I avoid getting infected by my pet’s parasites?

Some parasites, like hookworms, some tapeworms, toxoplasma, and giardia can also cause harm to humans. To avoid parasitic infections from the environment or pets, it’s important to regularly wash your hands, ensure food is safely handled and avoid water that may be contaminated with animal feces.

This article from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association contains information on multiple types of intestinal parasites:

Prevention: the key to dealing with intestinal parasites

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