A necessary and often overlooked aspect of quality cat care is cat parasite treatment and prevention. Being familiar with the symptoms of a parasite infestation, and getting immediate attention for both kittens and adults, is essential for year-round prevention. Parasites come in all different shapes and sizes, from external parasites to internal parasites. They can be painful, irritating, and dangerous to your pet if left untreated; some are also transmissible to humans.
At Hastings Veterinary Hospital, we urge year-round parasite protection for cats as a part of normal preventative healthcare. It is common for cats to be infected by parasites at some point in their lives, either internally (e.g. roundworm, tapeworm, giardia) or externally (e.g. fleas, ticks, lice). Pets with parasite infestations are typically in mild to severe discomfort, depending on the severity of the infestation. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health risks seen in not only the pet, but also in the humans who care for them.
Even if your cat remains strictly indoors, he or she is still at risk to a parasite infestation. They can be carried into the house by other animals, humans, insects, and rodents.
Gastrointestinal parasites are a common problem for cats. Watch for the symptoms of coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, a dull coat, bloated abdomen, or blood or worms in feces.
Problems with parasites are very common, and pet owners can reduce the likelihood of infections and re-infections with good sanitation habits:
A protective program can provide year-round protection to keep your cat healthy and free from parasites:
Our veterinarians can help you determine the best treatment type and frequency for excellent protection against parasites.
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