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Worms in Puppies and Kittens
by Darlene Zagata

Worms are parasites that live in the intestines of pets. There are several types of worms such as hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms. Pet owners may not be aware of the worms until they pass in the pet's feces. Other indications of worm infestation may appear in outward signs such as a swollen belly, vomiting and diarrhea. Kittens or puppies that are infected with worms may eat voraciously. They always seem to be hungry yet they don't seem to gain weight except for the area of the abdomen, which is distended and quite noticeable.

In most cases worms are not usually a serious concern. Often they are passed through the intestinal tract and are eliminated in the feces. Depending upon the type of infestation anemia may occur. Puppies or kittens that are weak and unhealthy may not survive. It is important to feed a pregnant pet a healthy diet so that the infants will be born healthy and strong rather than in a weakened condition.

In healthy kittens and puppies worms rarely present a problem. While most pet owners rush to purchase worm pills, contrary to belief, most puppies and kittens don't require worm medication unless there are symptoms to indicate a large infestation of worms such as a severely distended abdomen. Suspicion of worm infestation may be confirmed if they are present in the vomited material or feces of the animal.

In most cases, the worms will pass through even if the pet is not treated with medication. But if the animal seems otherwise ill or doesn't appear to be thriving normally it may be best to consult a veterinarian. By doing so, you can find out how serious the worm infestation is and what type of parasite the pet is infected with.

Don't let worms become an unnecessary plague for you and your pet. Feed your pet a healthy diet and by adding bran or vegetables to the pet's diet, it can help the pet's body to naturally expel the worms through the feces. If you feel the need to use worm medicine, do so with care and by properly following the directions. In some instances, even after a pet has received two or three doses of worm medication, the problem may persist. If this is the case with your pet, discontinue the worm medication and consult your veterinarian. Medications can often cause side effects or trigger other problems in a pet. It is best to seek the advice of a professional. Always use caution when giving any medication to young animals such as puppies or kittens.


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