TV20 STUDIO - Dr. Tecla Myrick was here Tuesday to talk about intestinal parasites in dogs and cats.
Roundworms live in the intestines, are common in puppies and kittens and cause vomiting, diarrhea, dull hair coat, and bloated abdomen.
Hook worms live in the intestines and suck blood from the intestinal lining causing bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
Tape worms live in the intestines and are acquired by eating fleas.
Whip worms live in the intestines and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
These parasites are different and require different medications to get rid of so it is best to have your pets tested for intestinal parasites at least once a year by your regular veterinarian.
The important thing to remember is pets and people can acquire these parasites from the soil where feces from infected animals have been deposited. People should always wash their hands well after playing outside.
For more information please call Alachua County Animal Services or your veterinarian.
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The shelter staff thinks I am about 2 months old.
I have been at the shelter since September 27, 2012.
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