What You Need to Know About Internal Parasites
If you are wondering what internal parasites are, well they are “worms” that specifically survive in the gastro-intestinal tract of another animal, and they can cause various problems while at it. While animals pass the worms to nursing young through milk, or from mother to fetus through the uterus, most animals are born with them. In an environment such as this, where the host animal is regularly receiving ideal nutrition, parasites thrive for days and even months on end.
Different Types of Parasites
Roundworms – They are the commonest of all internal parasites and can easily be passed in the stool of the host animal. In other instances, they can be thrown up. They are white in color and very long akin to strands of cooked spaghetti. Roundworms are mostly passed from mother to the young animal. An animal affected by these parasites bears a hard, pot-belly appearance. Roundworms suck in food from the host animal because they typically thrive in the intestines.
Whipworms – Like roundworms, whipworms are similarly common and dangerous too. They find their way to the host’s body through the soil and into the mouth. This occurs mainly when the host animal is sniffling out the perfect spot. These parasites are hard to get rid of when in the environment. But once in the body, they feed on the mucosal linings as well as blood. They equally live in the intestines. Whipworm infested animals are generally physically weak.
Hookworms – These parasites have no much difference with whipworms. They feed on blood and gladly latch on to the small intestines. If the host animal has hookworms, they are likely to have bloody stool, suffer severe weight loss and anemia due to their feeding on the blood. The parasites normally eat through layers of skin and travel through the body to the intestines. Just like roundworms, hookworms can be ingested. They harshly affect the body of the host animal.
Additional Types of Different Parasites
Tapeworms – They are highly common, just like all the afore-mentioned parasites. If an animal ingests an infected flea, chances of acquiring tapeworms are very high. A host animal gets tapeworms through an intermediate host. For the record, these worms are more common in cats than dogs. They are white and appear as small grain of rice. Tapeworms can be seen in the stool of an animal after eating, say the tissue of an infected host animal.
To the host animal, the abovementioned parasites are a major burden. They are ever busy at work trying to survive internally, which takes weeks or months to notice some of their side effects. The host animal that harbors one of these parasites can become life-threateningly ill if not treated appropriately and in a timely manner. Prevention is the best medicine for worms.