Your pet’s health is important, and just like you, you pet is prone to illnesses and disease. One major disease that ranks high among pets, especially cats and dogs, is parasites.
Parasites are typically worms, and there are different types of worms that can be damaging to your pet’s health if they’re not caught. If your pet suffers from parasites, don’t feel as if you did anything wrong—parasites are common in pets, and they’re also treatable and preventable. Your pet could have gotten worms from birth, from fleas, from contacting infected dirt or from eating wildlife.
There are different types of worms that could be infecting your pet, including roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms and heartworms. Most of these worms can be treated with the use of medication available from your vet, and some of these medications are also available in preventable forms to give your pet every month in order to keep them safe.
In order to determine if your pet has parasites, you’ll want to be on the lookout for the following signs.
You notice worms in their poop.
As you’re cleaning up your pet’s poop, make sure that you pay attention to what you see. If you notice worms inside the poop, it’s the biggest sign that your pet has worms. But just because your pet’s poop is free of worms doesn’t mean they’re safe—not all worms will be visible in the poop or recognizable to the naked eye.
You notice worms around their rectum.
If you notice worms sticking out your pet’s butt or stuck near the hair around their rectum, it’s a sign they have worms. These worms can range in size from a piece of rice to a strand of hair, and they are typically white or light yellow in color.
You notice a consistent scratching of their butt.
If you notice that your dog or cat is spending a great deal of time scratching around their butt or dragging their butt across the floor, it could be a sign of worms. If your pet does this, make sure to look around their butt and in their poop for signs of worms, and bring them to the vet to get tested.
You notice your pet loses weight.
When your pet has worms, these worms live inside their body and steal their food and nutrients. Because of this, your pet will start to lose weight and may even start eating more try and make up for the loss of nutrients.
You notice your pet throws up worms.
If your pet is throwing up and there are worms in the vomit, your pet has worms. Make sure to bring them to the vet to get treatment.
You notice your pet has bloody diarrhea.
Bloody diarrhea is another major sign that your pet has worms, so if you notice that your pet’s solid stools have turned soft and they are mixed with blood, bring them to the vet right away.
Garrett Payne is an extreme animal lover. He enjoys spending time with his three dogs and writes about pet health tips.