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INTESTINAL PARASITES

**ALL CATS SHOULD BE TESTED**


Cats can be the victims of many intestinal parasites, most commonly known as "worms".  Not all worms are the same, some can be seen by the naked eye while others require the use of a microscope to be seen.  Fecal testing is the only accurate way to diagnose worms.  Not all worms respond to the same treatment and no single wormer works against all kinds of worms.

We routinely worm all kittens for roundworms with each vaccine and a fecal and giardia exam should be done for each kitten and newly adopted cats.  Adult cats should have a fecal and giardia exam yearly or if indicated by signs of disease or a history of past problems.

Below are a link to the four most common intestinal parasites found in Sonoma County:

ROUNDWORM

TAPEWORM

GIARDIA

HOOKWORM

Yearly fecal testing is recommended for all dogs that ever go outside.  If your cat is diagnosed with worms, following these steps can help prevent re-infestation

  • Keep your cat away from other animal's stool.
  • After your cat goes to the bathroom, wipe all four paws and anus with a damp towel before entering the house or using the litter box.
  • Using monthly heartworm preventive, like Heartgard Plus, can help prevent the contraction of some intestinal parasites,
  • Always wash your hands!

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