Internal Parasites – Worms

In: Advice Sheets On: Monday, October 10, 2016


Why does the veterinarian want to check a stool sample?  Dogs (and cats) are victims of several intestinal parasites frequently referred to as worms.


The most common are the roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Of these four only two are commonly seen in the stool with the unaided eye: roundworms and tapeworms. 

Often you will be able to tell if your dog or cat has worms by the symptoms they are exhibiting. Most worm infestations cause any or all of these symptoms:

 - Diarrhoea, perhaps with blood
 - Weight loss
 - Dry hair
 - General poor appearance
 - Vomiting, perhaps with worms in the vomit


However, some infestations cause few or no symptoms; in fact some worm eggs or larvae can be dormant in the pet's body and activated only in times of stress, or in the case of roundworms and hookworms, until the later stages of pregnancy when they activate and infest the soon-to-be-born puppies and kittens.

This is precisely why a stool sample is often required in order to discover which parasite is present; the presence of these worms' eggs can often only be detected microscopically.

Keep in mind that it is the goal of each parasite to stay in the safety of the intestinal tract; if they come out, they'll die! They don't want to be detected!


The various internal parasites in animals

- Babesiosis transmitted by ticks
- Leishmaniasis transmitted by sandflies
- Canine or feline hemobartonellose.

All these diseases cause anaemia.

Natural treatments can not eliminate the worms, but they set the stage, limit the re-infestation and prevent side effects of chemical wormers. All parasites are dangerous and must be expelled from the body of our pets. To achieve this, each medicine has its place and it is essential to be objective. "Natural medicines rebalance the ground... the chemicals kill what is harmful."


Phyto Deworm+ (Only for dog, not suitable for cat): These tablets fight against internal parasites such as the worms present inside the digestive tract. It is a natural remedy that does not kill these worms but stops their proliferation by creating an environment hostile to their survival.



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