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How do puppies and kittens get parasites (worms)?


How do puppies and kittens get parasites (worms)?

Dr. Sudeep Wahla discusses how puppies and kittens can contract parasites, and how you can ensure that your pets are protected from them.

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So before you go hugging and kissing all these cute puppies, which everybody loves to do, including us, just make sure you get their poop tested because these are parasites that we can also get.

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Hi guys. I'm Dr. Sudeep Wahla, with Prestige Animal Hospital in Fontana. And I'm here with Rosie, one of our front desk CSRs, a very happy, bubbly person that we love over here. And she has a common question that we get.

 

How do puppies get parasites?

So this is a very common question that we get from a lot of our clients. For all puppies, we always recommend at least two intestinal parasite exams, which are essentially poop tests. So yes, you have to get the poop. If we can't get it, the clinic or the pests don't do it for us. But it's a very important test to bring in.

 

Puppies can get parasites for a lot of different ways. Number one, fecal-oral route. They can pick it up from the floor, and anybody with dogs or cats knows that their noses are always on the floor, they're always getting into things.

 

But a more common way the puppies can get parasites is from their mothers. From the placenta when they're being born, or from actually drinking the milk a lot of times. A lot of times people won't even know that the mothers have parasites. And in times of stress, such as pregnancy, these parasites can get passed on to puppies and show themselves. So it’s important to get mothers dewormed before they have the puppies. Always get a parasite test for your puppies.

 

Also, regular dewormings generally get roundworms and hookworms. They do not cover tapeworms, coccidia, giardia, or whipworms. So it’s always important to test for those, because a lot of those need different medications.

 

So before you go hugging and kissing all these cute puppies, which everybody loves to do, including us, just make sure you get their poop tested because these are parasites that we can also get.

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