Internal Parasites in Cats: What You Need to Know

by | Feb 9, 2023

Internal Parasites in Cats: What You Need to Know

It’s always a cause for concern when a beloved cat is diagnosed with an internal parasite infection. Not only can parasites be very uncomfortable for your feline friend, but they can also be passed onto their human family. Don’t worry though – there are plenty of safe and effective options for deworming cats. In this blog, we’ll discuss the types of internal parasites that cats can suffer from and the best ways to treat them.

Types of Internal Parasites in Cats

Cats can be infected by a variety of different internal parasites, including roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. All of these worms live inside the cat’s body and feed on their blood or tissue, which can cause anemia, diarrhea, vomiting and other serious health problems if left untreated.

When Should Cats Get a Dewormer?

If you suspect that your cat has worms or other parasites, it is important to take them to the vet as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Your veterinarian will likely prescribe a dewormer medication to help eliminate the parasites from your cat’s body. Some dewormers require multiple doses over several days or weeks for full efficacy; others may only need one dose. It is important to follow your vet’s instructions carefully when treating your cat for worms.

What Is the Best Cat Dewormer?

When it comes to selecting a dewormer for your cat, it is important to know they are a prescription medication. “Over the counter” parasiticides are mainly ineffective and, in some cases, can harm your cat. Some of the best cat dewormers on the market today include:
  • NexGard Topical (for all internal and external parasites)
  • Profender Topical Solution (for all internal parasites)
  • Metronidazole
  • Panacur (for protozoa).

Be sure to read all instructions carefully before administering any medication to your pet. We recommend bringing your cat in for regular preventative health checks, and at that time if needed, we will deworm them for you.

Keeping our pets healthy shouldn’t be difficult – but sometimes it can be! If you have noticed any signs of worms or other parasites in your furry friend, make sure you bring them to us right away so they can get proper treatment. With the right kind of medication, you’ll have nothing to worry about! A good dewormer will effectively eliminate any existing parasites from their system while preventing re-infestation in the future – giving you peace of mind knowing that your cat will stay happy and healthy.

Call Us To Book An Appointment

If you have any questions about deworming your cat, call us, the only veterinary cat clinic in Kamloops that offers a full list of services to keep your feline friend healthy. We provide consultations, wellness exams, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, dental care, diagnostics, spaying and neutering services for cats. We love cats, and we know you do too!
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