Cats are vulnerable to a number of different kinds of worms, some of which can be transmitted to humans. Because cats may not show any symptoms of worms until they experience serious health problems, seeing your veterinarian regularly for kitty checkups that include worm screenings is important.
In kittens, worms are typically transmitted from an infected mother to the young kitten, through milk. The most common way adult cats are infected is through eating feces of infected cats, or by eating something contaminated with the feces of other cats. In some cases, eating rodents or birds can also cause an infection. Cats who have fleas may also be more vulnerable to worms, particularly tape worms. Because worms can cause serious health problems when left untreated, it’s important for your cat to receive regular preventive care at the veterinary hospital.
At Chastain Veterinary Medical Group, we offer complete wellness care for all stage of your cat’s life. Make an appointment at our either of our AAHA-certified pet hospitals today by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in north Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.
Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming
When you bring your kitten to his or her first appointment with the veterinarian, besides plans for spay and neuter services and vaccinations, your vet may want to discuss deworming. Because cats are prone to picking up parasites, it can help helpful to administer deworming treatments before symptoms appear to stop the parasites from doing damage to your kitten’s health. Here are the facts kitten parents need to know about deworming.
Deworming protects your kitten’s health.
Ideally, all cats who are breeders should receive regular deworming to prevent passing parasites on to their kittens. If your kitten came from a breeder, you may be able to verify whether his or her mother was sufficiently dewormed. If your kitten came from an animal shelter, you will not able to verify his or her mother’s health. Being exposed to so many other kittens and cats in the shelter system, including strays, can dramatically increase your kitten’s risk of contracting intestinal worms and other parasites. However, even if your cat came from a breeder, deworming the mother doesn’t completely prevent an intestinal worm infestation. Because worms can cause significant health problems, and because some intestinal worms are also infectious to people, your veterinarian will likely recommend deworming in almost every instance, regardless of your cat’s background or symptoms.
Multiple deworming treatments are needed.
Your veterinarian may recommend multiple deworming treatments for your kitten, to treat for different kinds of worms and to ensure that all of the worms your kitten does have are eliminated. As your kitten grows older, your veterinarian will make deworming recommendations based in a number of factors, including whether your cat spends any time outside.
You should report signs of worms to your veterinarian.
Even if your kitten has received deworming treatments, it is still important to be vigilant about reporting any symptoms to your vet. Call the pet hospital if your kitten has diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or a distended belly. Fast treatment could safe your kitten’s life.
The vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provide preventative care at every stage of your cat’s development to help him or her stay healthy for life. Find out more about the services at our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.
How to Care for Your Dog’s Skin
Dogs are prone to skin problems, especially itchy, dry skin. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help ensure your dog’s skin stays as healthy as possible. If you think your dog is having a skin problem, make an appointment with us or your regular veterinarian for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Here is what you need to know about caring for your dog’s skin.
Recognizing Signs of Skin Problems
The most common symptom sign of skin problems in dog is pruritus, or itching. Pruritus is the second most common reason that people take their dogs to the veterinarian. You may notice that your dog is itching more than normal and is also chewing, biting, and licking incessantly, which can cause irritation and wounds that are secondary to the cause of the pruritus. In some cases, you may also notice changes to your dog’s coat and flaky skin that looks like dandruff. When you see these symptoms and they persist for more than a few days, see your veterinarian at the animal hospital. It is important for your vet to determine the cause of your dog’s skin problem so that the correct treatment can be applied. Otherwise, we could accidentally exacerbate the problem. For instance, if your dog has oily skin and you treat him or her for dry skin instead, you could make the oily skin worse.
Treating and Preventing Skin Problems
If your dog has a skin problem that has been diagnosed by the veterinarian, then follow his or her prescribed treatment, which may include oral and topical medications. You can also reduce or prevent skin problems by making sure your dog is getting plenty of fresh drinking water and considering adding oils and supplements to your dog’s diet. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any new supplement. Dogs with dry skin can benefit from eating mostly wet food. If your dog has allergies that are causing skin problems, making dietary changes and giving baths with just plain water.
Don’t let chronic skin problems cause discomfort for your dog. Make an appointment with a veterinarian in McKinney at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group for help. To reach our pet hospital, please call (972) 239-1309. For our north Dallas location, please dial (972) 239-1309.
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