Roundworms in Puppies and Kittens

Roundworms affect nearly all puppies and kittens. The worms are passed to the young animals through the mothers milk. Cats and Dogs pick up the worms by ingesting contaminated soil, insects, or infected animals.

If your kitten or puppy has a severe case of Roundworms they may have appear pot-bellied and have a dull coat. They may also have diarrhoea, they may cough and lose their appetite. It is also possible to see mucus in their stool, or even worms in the stool or vomit.

There are two main varieties of Roundworm Dogs get, Toxascaris leonina which reaches an adult length of up to 4 inches and Toxocara canis which can reach and adult length of 7 inches.

It is normally recommended that …

It is normally recommended that all kittens and puppies are given a worm dose. Some studies suggest that worms may infect a fetus by traversing through the uterus and placenta. Once born your puppy or kitten is susceptible of worm transfer from its mother in a variety of ways. Even the mother’s milk may be infected as the worm larvae can inhabit the mammary glands.

Round worms cause major intestinal problems if left untreated. The worms interrupt digestion and damage the intestines – even blocking the intestines in severe cases. They also feed off the nutrients that should be going to your pet which will eventually show up as a dull coat and loss of weight.

You should always treat your dogs and cats for worms according to the veterinarian’s recommended schedule. Often by the time symptoms show up in your pet damage has already been done. It may take your pet many weeks to recover, or their health may be permanently impaired, if the worms go unnoticed for a significant time.

Picture of a Roundworm

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