How often should pets be tested for roundworm infections?
Roundworms in pets can create a health hazard if they are not treated in a timely manner. Pets are vulnerable to these parasites, and without appropriate treatment, the health hazards they pose can be very serious. This article will discuss the dangers of untreated roundworm infections in pets and their potential impact on human health.
Roundworms in Pets
Roundworms, also known as nematodes, are some of the most common parasites in animals. They are found most commonly in the small intestine but can be present in other organs. Pets can become infected through contact with soil, feces, or other roundworm-infected animals, or through consuming an animal that is already infected.
Pets with roundworms may not show any visible symptoms and thus may go unnoticed. However, once the worm population grows, pets may have gastrointestinal distress or difficulty breathing. These symptoms are usually accompanied by severe weight loss, dull coat, and a pot-bellied appearance.
Treatments for Roundworm Infections in Pets
Treating roundworm infections in pets is essential in order to protect the pet’s health and prevent the spread of infection to other animals and humans. Treatment options vary, depending on the type and severity of infection. Generally, pets may require deworming medication, as well as regular fecal examinations to rule out any residual worm populations. In some cases, surgical removal of worms may be necessary.
Dangers of Untreated Roundworm Infestations in Pets
Illness in Pets
When left untreated, roundworm infestations can cause severe anemia, organ damage and even death in pets. Additionally, parasites can be passed from mother to unborn puppies, leading to life-threatening complications.
Health Risks for Humans
Untreated roundworm infestations can pose serious risks to human health. The larvae of roundworms can migrate to other organs and cause serious infection, even blindness. Additionally, feces that contain roundworm eggs can contaminate water sources and cause infection in humans. Roundworm infection in humans is known as toxocariasis, and can cause a wide range of health problems, including asthma, convulsions and even mental retardation.
It is essential to have pets treated for roundworm infestations in a timely manner in order to prevent potential health risks for people and pets. Your veterinarian can provide information about the best treatment options for your pet and help you ensure your pet’s roundworm infestation is properly treated.