Whether you recently adopted a new puppy or you think your adult pet has contracted parasites, come to VCA Bay Park Veterinary Clinic in San Diego for deworming services. We’ll help restore your pet back to his usual self.
What Types of Worms Affect Pets?
You have probably heard of different intestinal parasites that animals can contract, but how do they differ from one another?
- Roundworms are particularly common in puppies and kittens. Some animals are born with the parasite if their mother was infected. Young animals can also contract roundworms from drinking their mother’s milk. Adult dogs and cats can become infected from eating contaminated rodents or feces.
- Tapeworms transmit to pets when they eat contaminated rodents, soil, or fleas. Tapeworms grow in segments and may appear in your pet’s stool or the fur around his rump.
- Hookworms more commonly infect dogs than cats. They only grow to about an inch long and can cause anemia because they live off your pet’s blood.
- Whipworms are also more common in dogs than cats. They often lie dormant in contaminated soil and enter your dog’s digestive system when he grooms his paws.
Signs Your Dog or Cat Has Worms
Bring your pet to our San Diego veterinary clinic if you notice any of these signs of parasites:
- Visible worms in your pet’s stool, vomit, or fur
- Bloody or slimy stool
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Potbellied appearance
- Dry skin and dull coat
- Weight loss despite eating normally
- Weight loss tied to loss of appetite
- Weakness, lack of energy, and fast heart rate (symptoms of anemia)
Deworming Pets in San Diego
The sooner you deworm your dog or cat, the less chance there is of long-term health problems.
- Diagnosing worms in pets – Roundworms are so common in puppies that routine deworming is often performed without even testing the animals. For adult pets, a fecal examination under a microscope is the most common diagnostic method.
- Deworming pets – You have several deworming products to choose from, which may be administered in pill or liquid form. We’ll help you make the right selection based on your pet’s age, size, and current health.
- Parasite prevention – Because of the high likelihood that your pet will contract worms, we recommend year-round parasite prevention, especially for dogs and outdoor cats. Discuss your choices with preventative care with your veterinarian during your next visit to our San Diego pet clinic.
Contact VCA Bay Park Veterinary Clinic for Pet Deworming
Early diagnosis and accurate treatment are important for helping your pet feel healthy again. For assistance selecting a deworming product or performing the treatment, please contact VCA Bay Park Veterinary Clinic at 619-276-1616 today.