Parasitic worms can greatly affect the health and the happiness of your dog or cat. A parasitic worm is something that attaches itself to the inside of the animal and feeds off its blood and organs. While the three most common types of parasitic worms-ringworms, roundworms, and tapeworms-are not necessarily life threatening by themselves, they can create conditions that, if left unchecked, will damage the dog or cat's long term health. In order to better understand the dangers that these parasitic worms represent to your animal, you need to learn as much as you can about each one.
Starting with the ringworm, this parasite is typically responsible for the patches of hair loss and the red scaly areas that you see on your pet's skin, sometimes with raised edges. Ringworms are transmitted from the sore of one animal to another, and they can also make the jump to humans if left undetected in the mutual environment of pet and owner. Ringworms are not really worms at all, but a fungus that usually shows up in the fall and winter of the year. Dogs and cats usually treat these infections on their own and will typically overcome the condition with or without help. However, it is important that you treat ringworm infections immediately for two reasons: 1) Treatment can get rid of the problem faster and thus restore your pet to his typical quality of life; and 2) Ringworms are reoccurring, and if they are not wiped out of the environment, there is a good chance they will manifest themselves again, creating an infection that either you or your pet will fall victim to.
The next type of parasite is a bit more serious in nature, and one that you want to help your dog or cat avoid at all costs. The roundworm can cause diarrhea, malnutrition, loss of appetite, rapid weight loss, a swollen belly, and respiratory problems. Its effects are far more serious than the lesions incurred from ringworm, and its presence can be transmitted via cockroaches, chickens, rodents, and earthworms. It is said that nine out of every 10 puppies born will at some point become infected, so knowing what you can and staying on top of the condition is very relevant to all pet owners. These worms attack the intestines, swimming within the tunnels and stealing nutrients from the pet's diet. Likewise, tapeworms inhabit the intestines of your dog or cat and can grow to their actual length, obstructing the organ altogether. In both cases,
dewormer medications work wonders, but it is important that you do not wait too long to treat your pet.
His health is your number one priority, so why let these parasites go unchecked. Seek help immediately and watch his health improve.