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Pet Tips - Roundworms

hello I'm dr. Ross Henry with the

Kimberley animal hospital recently we've

had some clients question the rationale

of annual fecal examinations checking

for internal parasites so today I'd like

to talk to you about one worm in

particular the round worm now here's

some round worms here's an adult worm

and these things get their name because

they're round they're tubular kind of

look like an earthworm they'll be four

to maybe six inches in length and these

things reside in the intestinal tract of

your pet they live on the partially

digested food as it moves through the

intestinal tract now a pregnant female

round worm can lay two hundred thousand

eggs a day that's right two hundred

thousand eggs a day so you get two or

three of these pregnant round worms in

the intestinal tract they're spilling a

lot of eggs into the stool so an

infected dog poop somewhere your pet

comes along as it is exposed either by

stepping in it and then licking their

feet or by will having forbid eating the

stuff or maybe sniffing it and getting

some other muzzle and licking their

muzzle now once ingested the round worm

has a complicated life cycle where the

immature stages migrate through the

tissues of the body and this is

especially important in a pregnant

female because as these immature stages

are migrating through the body they can

actually infect the fetuses in the

uterus and so the puppies or the kittens

are actually born with worms also these

immature stages can get into the mammary

tissue and then when the puppies or the

kittens latch on and get that first

middle that colostrum which is loaded

with protection and with energy they

also get a load of worms that way so

around worms are not good they deprive

the pet or the puppy or kitten

especially in nutrients they can cause a

and diarrhea which further exacerbates

the condition of losing nutrients

through the diarrhea so you'll get a

stunted growth you'll get a pot-bellied

appearance maybe a poor hair code now

detection and and determination is

relatively easy we just look at a sample

of the stool underneath the microscope

and you can actually see any eggs in the

stool and treatment is relatively easy

we give them some medicine that will

kill the worms in the intestinal tract

and unfortunately we don't have anything

that works against the immature stages

or the stages in the mammary tissue so

the center of Disease Control now

recommends that all pets be to wormed at

least four times a year here at the

clinic the Kimberling Animal Hospital we

recommend heartworm prevention that's

given on a monthly basis and by doing so

not only are you giving medicine that

works against heartworms but most

heartworm prevention also works against

roundworms

and some of the other internal parasites

of the intestinal tract now the main

problem we have with round worms is that

there is a zoonotic potential to us we

can actually get these worms from our

pets and this is especially a problem

with chip with kids you know they handle

the pet they don't wash their hands they

got eggs on their hands and then they do

this or they do this and not all of a

sudden our child is infected so it's

very important to clean up after your

pet remove the feces

don't let them coop in a playground area

with other kids are involved steer them

away from other pets poop and have the

stools analyzed on yearly basis to make

sure as the medicine you're using is

correct that the dosages are

administered on a routine basis and

again it's a as a form of protection and

surveillance against the zoonotic

potential to us I'm dr. Ross Henry with

the Kimberling animal hospital

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