Dogs and cats are often dewormed when they visit the vet for regular checkups and vaccinations. Deworming is actually a cheap and effective way to keep your pets happy and healthy and keep them free of nasty parasites. While many people don’t think twice about deworming their pets (around my neck of the woods, you can just visit your local CAL Ranch store and buy dewormer yourself and give it to your dog or cat), a lot of people don’t have the time or funds to get their pets the deworming medication they need. Scary thing, too, since roundworm (the parasite that we deworm our pets for) can be super dangerous to people.
Roundworm is a very common parasite in both cats and dogs, and the main cause for deworming. When a dog or cat becomes infested with roundworm, diarrhea and vomiting is usually the result, along with bloat and lethargy. You usually know when a dog or cat has worms- all you have to do is check out their feces in the litter box or yard, and you can see the white parasite in their bowel movements. They look like Ramen noodles to me, and often you see them stuck to the hindquarters of the pet as well, just crawling around. Seriously- pretty gross.
Roundworm doesn’t just attack our pets, though. Roundworm will take on a human host, and we typically get roundworm from our pets by touching the feces of an infected dog or cat (like from cleaning out the litter box) and inadvertently ingest the roundworm eggs that are underneath our fingernails (thorough washing of your hands can help prevent this). While roundworm causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats, guess what roundworm can do to people?
Roundworm in humans is a lot more serious than in our pets. Roundworm (left unnoticed and/or untreated) can cause serious illness, human blindness, and even death in people! As the roundworm parasite invades a human host and quickly multiplies, it can become a very serious condition. All it takes is making sure that your own dog or cat is dewormed and washing your hands after coming in from outside (or petting a strange animal) to keep yourself free of roundworm. And if you notice anything strange or noodle-like in your pet’s feces, get them to the vet so you can have them dewormed (it’s usually required every 6 months or so anyhow). You don’t wnt to risk you or your pet’s health over something very inexpensive to treat.
personal experience with my dog having worms