Deworming at Creekside Animal Hospital & Wellness Center
The notion of a beloved family member's body invaded by parasitic worms sounds like something out of a horror movie, yet it's all too true and all too common in pets. Animals can play host to a number of internal pests, with results that may include everything from acute digestive diseases and malnutrition to heart failure. Fortunately, you stay ahead of this threat to your pet's health by arranging for deworming and preventive wellness measures. We're happy to provide those solutions for Lafayette and West Lafayette pets here at Creekside Animal Hospital & Wellness Center.
The Dangers Posed by Internal Parasites
Animals can get worms from a variety of sources, including their own mothers, who may pass them on through the bloodstream before birth or during nursing. Dirt or water tainted with fecal matter can pass worms from one animal to another. In some cases, other pests transmit the worms to the body. For instance, flea bites can pass tapeworm larvae, while mosquito bites can infest pets with heartworm larvae.
The effects of worms on your pet can vary widely. Digestive parasites such as hookworms and roundworms can inhibit growth in younger animals and/or cause anemia. Worms in the gut can also cause abdominal bloating, pain, vomiting and diarrhea. These problems can prevent your pet's body from absorbing nutrients, along with the way worms such as tapeworms hijack those nutrients to feed themselves. Puppies/kittens, geriatric animals, and pets with pre-existing health conditions may suffer life-threatening illnesses due to these parasites.
Perhaps the most terrifying of the worm infestations is heartworm. These spaghetti-like worms can populate the heart and lungs, leading to severe cardiopulmonary illness. Heartworms can live for several years in dogs before causing death. Cats may suffer less severely from the symptoms, or they can die quite suddenly and unexpectedly.
We Can Remove and Prevent Worm Infestations
Deworming at an animal hospital is a must for all puppies and kittens. Baby animals need to receive deworming medication every two weeks until they're three months of age, and then every four weeks until the age of six months. Adult pets need to receive regular preventative medications to keep future worm infestations away. Fecal testing during your pet's periodic wellness exams can help us identify any active infestations that need to be treated immediately.
Your Source for Pet Parasite Treatment in Lafayette & West Lafayette
Your pet deserves a life free from dangerous parasites such as worms. Call Creekside Animal Hospital & Wellness Center today at (765)742-0140 to schedule deworming or to have your pet checked for worms. We're your source for pet parasite treatment in Lafayette & West Lafayette!