What is a roundworm and how does it affect pets and humans?
Roundworms are parasites that can affect the health of your pet and your family. You must take preventive measures to protect them from long-term damage.
Who Are at Risk from Roundworms?
Roundworms infect both dogs and cats, as well as humans. In pets, roundworms live as parasites in the stomach and intestines. They feed on the host’s blood and tissue, causing severe health problems such as anemia, diarrhea and weight loss. In humans, the larvae can migrate to other organs and tissues, causing a wide range of health problems including fever, abdominal pain, blindness, and even death.
Roundworms which have been ingested by a pet, can also be passed on to humans through direct contact with the pet’s feces. This is why it is essential to ensure that feces from pets are collected and disposed of hygienically.
Protect Your Pet and Your Family from Roundworms
The key to protecting your pet and your family from roundworms, is to maintain good hygiene and care. Be sure to regularly clean and disinfect areas where your pets may have been, and make sure to take them to the vet regularly for checkups and deworming treatments. Pets should also be kept up to date with all vaccinations.
It is also essential that you always wash your hands after handling your pet, playing with them, and especially after cleaning up pet feces. If you have young children, keep them away from areas where the animal has pooped and wash their hands after they have played.
Signs of Roundworm
It is important to be aware of the signs that your pet may be infected with roundworms. These include:
- Weight Loss
- Spots of blood in the feces
- Poor coat condition
If your pet is showing any of these signs, take them to the vet right away so they can prescribe treatment.
Protect Yourself and Your Family From Roundworms
Roundworms can pose serious health risks to both you and your family. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to practice good hygiene and keep up to date with all your pet’s vaccinations and deworming treatments.
By doing these simple things, you can help to protect your pet, yourself, and your family from the nasty effects of roundworms.