Worms, or intestinal parasites are unpleasant, but usually do not require an emergency visit. Hook worms that suck blood can result in life threatening anemia in dogs. All puppies and kittens are born with roundworms and therefore should be wormed as part of their general health care. Your regular veterinarian will provide this service when your puppy or kitten receives its vaccinations. If you actually see a worm, save it and bring it along with a stool sample to your veterinarian. Do NOT medicate your pet with dewormer from the pet store since each type of worm requires a different type of medication. Also, many over-the-counter dewormers can make pets sick. Prescription medications prescribed by your vet should kill the worms, and will not make your pet ill. Call your veterinarian for further information. Tapeworms are spread from fleas, so good flea control is also a part of treating your pet for tapeworms.
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