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The Importance of Deworming Your Pets

Posted September 9, 2016


Intestinal parasites are diagnosed in cats and dogs daily in veterinary practice. Animals that sniff, slurp, lick, hunt and eat, as well as gobble anything in their path such as dirt, trash, and poop, are bound to pick up parasites. Though some dogs and cats do not show obvious signs of infection, others can have life threatening symptoms including anemia, diarrhea, vomiting, failure to thrive, weight loss, cough, and poor coat quality.

There are several common intestinal parasites that infect cats and dogs. These are:

  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworms

Each parasite has its own life cycle. Sometimes owners will notice tapeworm segments on fur around the anus, or even see long stringy worms in the stool. Most often, diagnosing parasites starts with a stool sample—your vet will look at the sample under the microscope for any parasite eggs.

It is important to deworm your pet because parasites can cause death if left untreated in immune compromised pets, like puppies, kittens, and geriatric pets. In a healthy pet, it can lower its immune system enough to predispose them to other illnesses.

In addition, the parasites that infect our pets also can infect us. Cat roundworms are more of a concern, particularly in children, where ingestion of the eggs may result in migration of the worm larvae through the body, causing potential damage.

NHV offers a natural de-wormer that can also be used as a preventative called Inulin PK. Inulin PK contains herbs that have been traditionally used as natural de-wormers. Inulin PK helps strengthen your pet’s immune system, supports gastrointestinal tract healing, eliminates roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms, and in addition helps repair the damage parasites cause to the intestine. For preventative care, use one full bottle of NHV Inulin PK, then break for three months, and repeat.

Supplementing further with a multivitamin, like NHV Multi Essentials, omega oils like NHV PetOmega-3 and good nutrition will help strengthen your pet’s immune system and support gastrointestinal healing.

It is also important to control the pests that carry worms including fleas, and keep your environment clean. Clean litter boxes daily, clear your yard at least weekly, and scoop up after your dog when you go for a walk. Wash your hands often including after petting animals and picking up their waste.

If any of you have any questions, just email me for a consultation or ask one of the NHV pet experts!

Yours in wellness,
Dr. H. Cook (DVM, CVA)

Dr. Hillary Cook is a graduate of Virginia Maryland Regional Veterinary Medical school. She has been practicing holistic and integrative veterinary medicine for fifteen years. She certified in Veterinary acupuncture and is fully qualified in Western and Chinese herbalism. She is the owner of Animal Wellness Center, an integrative veterinary clinic in Crozet, VA. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets including dogs, cats and chickens. When time allows, you can find her in the garden or on the tennis court!

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