Did you know that without a preventative medication, many dogs and cats will suffer from intestinal parasites? Were you aware that many of these parasites are considered zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people? Many pets in the Charleston, Sullivan's Island, and Mount Pleasant areas of South Carolina suffer from these parasites, sometimes without the owner's knowledge. Fortunately, Dr. Kellie Horton at Charleston Mobile Animal Care can prevent intestinal parasites, and diagnose and treat those that may already be infected.
What are intestinal parasites, and how do pets get them?
The most common intestinal parasites we encounter in our area of South Carolina include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms, as well as protozoa such as coccidia and giardia. Puppies typically receive these parasites from their mother, either in utero or through nursing. Parasites are transmitted to mature pets through ingesting eggs in contaminated food, water, soil or feces.
What are some of the symptoms of intestinal parasites in pets?
Some intestinal parasites such as tapeworms and roundworms can be seen in the feces of an infected pet, while the others are invisible to the naked eye. Physical symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting, weight loss, scooting across the floor or ground, and a distended abdomen. Please keep in mind that pets should still be tested for intestinal parasites, even if they are not outwardly displaying signs of infection.
How can I know if my pet is suffering from any of these parasites?
Dr. Horton will perform a fecal exam on your pet to examine the stool for parasites. Typically, you will have the results at the conclusion of your visit, unless the sample may be required to be sent to an outside reference laboratory.
Is there a way to prevent intestinal parasites in my pet?
Charleston Mobile Animal Care has several parasite preventatives available on our vehicle. Our compassionate veterinarian will work with you to determine which product will be right for the lifestyle of your pet. Call one of our caring team members today, and we will be happy to schedule a parasite screen for your pet.