Parasites may be small, but they can have an enormous impact on your pet’s well-being. Worms, in particular, are known for the havoc they can wreak on our furry friends. At Georgetown Animal Hospital, we offer deworming services to pet owners in and around Georgetown, OH. Set up your pet’s appointment today so we can get started on their preventative care. Pet owners must know exactly why worms are so dangerous. The information included in this article should provide valuable insight regarding this matter.
What Can Worms Do to Your Pet?
You’ve probably heard before that worms are bad for cats and dogs, but you may not know why that’s the case. Worms can cause all kinds of problems for common household pets. With tapeworms, you have to worry about the discomfort they cause. Tapeworms may hang around your pet’s rectum and cause significant irritation. As a result, your pet may go wild scratching their behind without achieving the relief they want.
Other worms that live in the gastrointestinal tract, such as roundworms, may cause bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. If those worms take up residence long enough inside your pet, they may also trigger sudden weight loss. Heartworms are the most problematic of these parasites. Because heartworms live near the heart, they can damage essential blood vessels near that vital organ. Too many heartworms can also block blood from reaching your pet’s heart. As you can imagine, such an occurrence can have fatal consequences.
By the way, the other worms can also kill your pet if they are left unchecked. They can deprive your young pets of the nutrients they need to develop properly. Your pet may die from malnutrition if the worms aren’t eliminated in time. Go to a pet clinic today and consult a veterinarian regarding your pet’s worm situation. Take action immediately to save your pet from the potentially fatal consequences of an infection.
How You and Your Vet Should Approach Deworming
Deworming a cat or dog is not that difficult. That’s due in large part to the wide array of effective deworming drugs that are currently available. If you suspect your pet has worms, you should immediately take them to a pet clinic for testing. The vet will examine your pet’s feces to check for worms.
Upon confirming that your pet has worms, the veterinarian will prescribe some deworming medication. Deworming medication comes in different forms. Many of them are oral meds, but some can also be used topically. Choose whichever form of medication will work best for your pet. Typically, deworming also takes place at the animal hospital. If making regular trips to the animal hospital is inconvenient, the veterinarian can give you the dewormer to use at home.
Deworm and Protect Your Pet
Delayed action is unacceptable when it comes to pet deworming. At Georgetown Animal Hospital, we will give your pet the deworming treatment they need as soon as possible. Bring your pet to our location in Georgetown and let’s begin the deworming process. Call our team today at (937) 378-6334 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.