Many symptoms can be related to parasites in your pet. For example, there can be loss of appetite, dull hair, vomiting, and hair loss. When you notice unusual behaviours, it is crucial to act promptly and contact your veterinarian because parasites can spread to other pets and even humans
How can your pet be at risk? Simply by playing in the garden, taking a sip of stagnant water, or rolling in the grass at the dog park, your animal is at high risk of contamination.
A stool test performed in a lab is the most efficient method to detect gastro-intestinal parasites. To get rid of them and prevent further spread, your vet will administer a deworming, either in liquid or pill form.
Risks of contamination
As you might imagine, the main vectors of contamination are your pet’s infected feces and the perianal area. Puppies and kittens can also be infected through their mothers’ milk.
For humans, pay particular attention to very young babies. It’s a given that babies will put anything in their mouths. So, they could get infected that way. Pregnant women are equally at risk and should use rubber gloves when manipulating the cat’s litter.
To avoid any and all contamination for your pet and your household, your vet will recommend the regular deworming of your dog or cat. Your vet will also advise you on just how regularly it should be done and what dosage, depending on the age of your pet and the medication administered.