Most Common Internal Parasites in Dogs and Cats

Here we are going to talk about the most common internal parasites in dogs and cats. Internal parasite in domestic animals are very common and can affect dogs and cats of any age and gender, but puppies and kittens seem to be more susceptible to infestation with these parasites because of their age and immature immune system. Very often, puppies and kittens are already born infested with parasite that were passed down from their mother. All animals are unique and can have different systemic reaction to infestation with internal parasites. Many animals may not show symptoms at all and be asymptomatic carriers of a particular parasite and spread it through it’s feces. Other animals may have severe symptoms and even die if not treated on time.

The most common internal parasites are the worm family (Hookworms, Whipworms, Tapeworms, Roundworms), Coccidia and Giardia. All these parasites are listed on the infographic below with the most common symptoms.

Many internal parasites can infect people. These infections can happen through handling feces, bathing or grooming an infected dogs anal area etc.

Infections with internal parasites are treatable and preventable. There are a huge number of deworming pills on the market with different kinds of dosing and schedules. Talk with your veterinarian about the best deforming prevention for your pet.

If you like this infographic, check out the one about Ringworm.

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internal parasites in dogs and cat infographic