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Symptoms of Worms in Cats : Decoding the Kitty Health

April 27, 2017 Leave a comment

different types of worms in cats

Worms are a common problem in kittens and some cats. They are large parasites that affect the stomach and intestines including tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and less common, stomach worms. As worms in the gut of your feline multiply, crucial nutrients are lost, resulting in poor nutrition, abdominal pain and slowed growth. There are certain worms that also feed on blood that causes poor health and anemia.

The problem is that these worms not only cause diseases in cats of all ages, but they can also have a drastic impact on a human being’s health. These parasites can be ingested accidentally and hookworms have a peculiar trait of migrating and penetrating in the skin. But the most important thing is to determine the symptoms of worms in your feline so that you can detect these worms quickly.

Let us now look at some of the symptoms of different types of worms in cats:

Different Types Of Intestinal Worms in Cats

Roundworms

Roundworms are a type of parasite that infests cats and they can even be spread to humans. They can be about 2 to 4 inches long. They are light in color, particularly tan or white with their ends tapered. They appear like  strands of spaghetti in the stool of the feline or in vomiting. If you see this, then it is likely that your kitty is infested by roundworms.

Symptoms Of Roundworms In Cats

If your feline has one or more of these symptoms then she might have roundworms in her gut:

  • Decrease in energy or activity
  • Frequent loose stools or diarrhea
  • Potbellied appearance that happens in a short period of time
  • Vomiting on a regular basis

Kittens usually acquire roundworms while nursing due to roundworm larvae in the mammary glands of their mother. But a cat of any age can acquire roundworms by ingesting the eggs consisting of larvae. This can happen when the kitty eats the host consisting of eggs. Some of the common roundworm hosts encompass: birds, roaches, rodents and earthworms.

Use an effective de-worming treatment after discussing with your veterinarian and treat roundworms in your cat.

Tapeworms in Cats

Tapeworms are commonly found worms in cats. The main carriers of tapeworms in felines are fleas. Hence, infestation from tapeworms in cats is a typical side effect of flea infestation. These worms are quite visible in the stool or in the fur surrounding the tail of the feline. Segments of tapeworm break off and get through the stool of the cat. They are small, rice-like in appearance. But the peculiar thing about these worms is that they can grow by several inches long inside the body of the cat.

Symptoms Of Tapeworms In Cats

  • The appearance of tapeworm segments in stool or attached to the tail of the cat or fur around the anus
  • Weight loss (which can range from minor to severe)

Young fleas, also known as larvae eat tapeworm eggs, which then grows into adults. If your feline ends up ingesting the flea while licking the flea bites or chewing the skin, the tapeworm which exists on the flea attaches itself to the intestinal lining of the feline, where it grows. Tiny segments detach from tapeworm which are excreted in the stool of the cat. The kitty can even vomit a bout of tapeworm on an occasional basis.

Use a de-worming treatment as suggested by your veterinarian to treat tapeworms in your cat. But since, fleas are the main culprit that carries tapeworm, it is recommended to use a flea preventative treatment that gets rid of adult fleas, larvae and eggs. Also clean your cat’s bedding to prevent further flea re-infestation.

Hookworms in Cats

Hookworms are not visible to the human eye. They are very thin and grow up to 1/8 inch long. The peculiar thing about these worms is that they can be transmitted from cat to human if they walk in the infested area with bare feet. The hookworms burrow into the skin of the feet and enter the digestive tract. They suck the blood of the feline resulting in anemia. This can create a life-threatening situation in felines.

Symptoms Of Hookworms In Cats

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood appearing in the stool of the kitten
  • Frequent loose stool or diarrhea
  • Weakness or lethargy

Treat hookworms with a de-worming treatment as recommended by your veterinarian. You might require two or more treatments to kill adult hookworms and the larvae after they hatch.

Stomach Worms in Kitty

Stomach worms are rarely seen in cats. But most of this worm infestation occurs when the kitty eats the vomit of an infected animal.

Symptoms Of Stomach Worms In Cats

  • Decreased activity / lethargy
  • Moderate to severe vomiting
  • Swift weight loss

Some of the common hosts for stomach worms encompass: cockroaches, beetles, grubs, crickets and rodents. Use a de-worming treatment as suggested by your veterinarian to treat stomach worms in your cat. As the worms die, they will be passed out through the stool of the feline. The eggs will also get killed by the treatment. The symptoms should also subside within two weeks.

So, now that you know the symptoms of different types of worms residing in your kitty, if you observe them take her to the veterinarian as soon as possible, and get her treated.

10 Common Worm Symptoms In Dogs

July 27, 2016 Leave a comment

The word worms bring in those rope like colly creatures making us feel irk. These parasitic critters mostly target animals to survive, grow and carry on their generations. In lack of care and proper treatment, they play havoc on pet’s life. Dogs suffer from many worms and the most common of the category are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Added to this is heartworm, which is predominantly quite dangerous. From the early stage only, dogs get infected with worms as they fetch them from their mother.

worm symptoms in dogs

How To Identify Different Dog Worms

With worm infection symptoms normally most similar to other diseases, they are confused mostly with others. Taking a closer and more detailed look into these signs will help you learn and understand to recognize worm infection in your dog.

Signs And Symptoms of Worm Infestation in Dogs

1. Vomiting in Dogs

Worms disrupt the digestive system and thence, dogs with worms usually throw out. When infected with roundworms, these are normally seen in the vomit.

Vomiting in dogs

2. Dog Coughing

Dogs suffering from heartworms normally suffer from coughing. Not confined to this, dogs having roundworms and hookworms may also have coughing.

dog coughing

3. Low energy – Lethargic Dog

Dogs being less active or lethargic than normal may be showing the symptoms of worms.

Lethargic Dog

4. Change In Dog’s Appetite

A sudden change in appetite may also reflect that your pooch may be suffering from roundworms. Dogs infected with worms often show low interest in food. Sometimes, on the contrary, dog may show sudden increase in his appetite as worms eat away most of their nutrients.

low dog appetite

5. Diarrhea in Dogs

Dogs having hit by worm infection may suffer from soft watery stools and canine diarrhea. At worst, if your pet gets infected with hookworms, blood may appear in stool.

Diarrhea in Dogs

6. Pot Bellied Appearance

If your dog’s stomach appears to be big like a pot or seems bloated, definitely he may be infected with worms. This mostly happens in puppies as the worms are transferred from their mommies.

Pot-Bellied-Appearance-Dogs

7. Weight Loss in Dogs

As appetite is lost, dogs contracted with worms lose weight. A sudden decrease in weight may indicate the presence of a tapeworm or a whipworm.

Weight Loss in Dogs

8. Dog’s Dull Coat

A healthy dog normally has shiny and thick coat. If your dog’s coat gradually appears to be dull and dry, it claims the presence of worms. Moreover, losing massive amount of hair or with bald spots along with rashes means the presence of worm infection.

Dog's Dull Coat

9. Rubbing Bum On The Ground

Though, this is normally due to the issue in anal glands, dogs with worms can also show this symptom. Being infected with roundworms or tapeworms, they normally rub their rear end on the floor in order to relieve the itchiness due to worms in the area.

Rubbing Bum On The Ground

10. Visible Worms In Feces Or Fur

Canines infected with intestinal worms can sometime show visible signs. Worms such as tapeworms may appear moving on the fur or are found around the dog’s anal part. Broken segments of roundworms are normally seen in dog’s stool.

worms in dog’s stool

How To Deal With Dog Worms

If you suspect worms, never leave your dog untreated. Outwardly, there may be no dangerous signs or symptoms but inwardly these worms badly affect the internal organs and sometimes lead to loss of consciousness or death. Your dog showing any of these signs should immediately be taken to vet’s office. Proper treatment of intestinal worm is through the administration of worm control tablets and some of the best dewormers are popantel and cazitel for dogs, which can be sourced from any online pet store. Putting your dog on worm treatment management every 3 to 6 months is normally recommended by vets in order to protect your pet from worm infections.