The Most Dangerous Pet Parasites to Look Out For

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Roundworms

If you find your pet exhibiting the following symptoms, it is likely that they are infected with roundworms:   

  • Weakness
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dull fur

Roundworms are residents of pet intestines and can be 3-5 inches long. They absorb the nutrient that you provide to your pets and cause the animal to suffer from malnutrition!

Tapeworms

Pets afflicted with tapeworms show the following signs:

  • Anal irritation
  • Diarrhea
  • Worms in stool
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite

Tapeworms are much longer than roundworms and can reach lengths up to several feet long. If not treated in time, these worms can expand in size to an extent that they take up the whole intestine!

Hookworms

Pets infected with hookworms exhibit the following symptoms:

Dogs

  • Anemia
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness

Cats

  • Anemia
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness
  • Worn coat
  • Skin irritation

 

At times, there might be a complete absence of symptoms. Due to the dangerous nature of complications caused by these parasites and a chance of there being no symptoms, you should get your pet checked out for its presence on a regular basis.

 

Whipworms

An infestation of whipworms can result in the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Bloody diarrhea

Whipworms are small and are more commonly found in dogs. They inhabit the colon of the pets.

Heartworm

Heartworms can lead to the following disorders in both cats and dogs:

  • Lethargy
  • Persistent cough
  • Reduced appetite
  • Fatigue

It can also cause the following in cats:

  • Vomiting
  • Heartworm-associated respiratory disease

It is plain to see that most of the parasites lead to fatigue and diarrhea in pets. If you find your pet exhibiting either of these symptoms, get them some medical help immediately!

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I'm Jessica, I love to write about natural pet health & safety.

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