Pets, just like humans, are susceptible to attacks from internal and external parasites that impact their health and can also affect other family members. Deworming keeps them safe by preventing transmission and reducing the effects of parasites. At Radford Animal Hospital in Radford, VA, we offer deworming treatment for pets suffering from parasites. Our team is committed to providing pets the care they need to live happy and healthy lives.
Common Internal Parasites in Animals
Most parasites attack pets while they are still small and weak. If not treated, they can cause several issues. Some of these common internal parasites include:
- Roundworms - They attack the intestines feeding on blood, causing weight loss, impaired growth, and poor health. They cause diarrhea and vomiting in small puppies and can lead to severe health complications.
- Tapeworms - When a pet consumes infected mice, fleas, or rabbits, he or she can contract tapeworms which seek refuge in the intestines causing vomiting and other abnormalities.
- Hookworms - They are small and move around the intestinal lining, constantly feeding on blood. Hookworms can cause weight loss, anemia, and lead to overall poor health quality.
Symptoms of Parasites
Pets experience varying symptoms from parasites depending on their breed and overall condition. However, most pets experience symptoms including:
- Significant weight loss
- Vomiting and diarrhea
- Change in behavior
- A dull fur coat
Such conditions require the attention of our professional veterinarian, who can quickly identify the type of parasite affecting your pet and the appropriate treatment.
Deworming Your Pet
The earlier you bring your pet to our animal hospital for parasite treatment, the faster he or she can be adequately dewormed. We can provide shots or oral medications to treat a wide range of parasites, including worms in the gut. Since worms are more common in younger pets, we recommend deworming your animal at 2 or 3 weeks of age. For a thorough analysis of your pet’s condition, we may require bloodwork, x-rays, and other tests for a proper assessment. Once your pet is fully dewormed, we can recommend a monthly parasite prevention medication to ensure this issue does not reoccur.
Contact Our Animal Hospital for Deworming in Radford, VA
We understand how essential maintaining your pet’s health is to you. That’s why our team is dedicated to helping your pet maintain optimal wellness at every stage of his or her life. Radford Animal Hospital in Radford, VA, is the ideal place to get your pet treated for worms or any other parasites. Visit us today or call us on (540) 639-3891 to make an appointment or to learn more about how we can help you and your animal.