The most common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, dull coat or dry coat. You will likely see worms in the cat's vomit and feces. Typically an adult cat will have a routine fecal exam every three months (if they go outside) or six months (indoor cats). Kittens should have their stool examined every time they visit the vet.
One of the main concerns with cats socializing and coming into close proximity with other animal's feces is worms. Cat worms are easily transmitted through the feces of other cats. It is a difficult situation to avoid, as cats are notorious wanderers, and enjoy socializing as well.
Cat owners have little they can do in the way of prevention if their cat is an outdoors type cat. I have many friends who have cats, and they tell me that they have tried just about everything to keep their cats inside their yards. Unfortunately, most of these cats have wandered out, and developed a form of feline parasites that can be damaging to your cats overall health.
Fleas and other parasites have always to be given the top priority by dog owners. The all too common occurrences of flea bite allergy in the case of dogs causes worry to many dog owners every year. This is because flea bites can induce allergic reactions in the area bitten by the fleas. In these cases, the affected area becomes hairless due to the dog scratching itself vigorously.
Heavy flea infestations can cause severe dermatitis in dogs, because the dog will scratch and scratch the area until he bleeds and can also introduce infection. If the flea bites cause an allergic reaction or even dermatitis in your dog, he/she really ought to be taken to the veterinary doctor as soon as possible, because usually, the dog will be experiencing severe discomfort by this time.
The vet will sell you a cream to ease the itching and reduce the inflammation and some powder or a spray to kill the fleas. Prevention, however, is better than cure and medicated collars are available to treat and prevent an infestation of external blood-suckers like ticks and fleas.
Types of cat worms:
It is possible for a puppy to actually be born with worms, if the mother is infected with a certain type at the time of birth. And because some worms may be hard to detect, it is important that you test and treat your puppy accordingly so that it can grow without the influence of a worm presence. Doing so can save the very life of your puppy.