Cat Worms Scenario: Flea Bites Cat, Cat Bites Flea... Cat Gets Worms
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"Flea Bites Cat, Cat Bites Flea, Cat Gets ... Worms?"
by Gary Le Mon
Cat worms and other internal parasites can infect our furry friends in several ways. Here are the two most common ways cat parasites (and dog parasites) are transmitted - and how to get rid of them once they take hold.
According to the official statement of Veterinary Medical Officer Dr. Linda Wilmot, D.V.M., of the United States Food & Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in Washington, DC:
“More than 90 percent of puppies are born with worms. Mother dogs can pass worms to their puppies before birth and both dogs and cats can pass it to their offspring through their milk after birth.”
This unfortunate birthday present is only the beginning of our young pet’s lifelong battle with cat worms and dog worms.
Worm eggs on the menu
The second most common path of internal parasite infection is through (believe it or not) cats and dogs eating fleas. Here’s how:
The common tapeworm (Dipylidium caninus) lives in the small intestine of dogs and cats by attaching itself to the intestinal wall.
As the tapeworm grows, its tail segments – each segment the size of a grain of rice and containing an independent reproductive tract – break off and pass through the animal’s rectum or stool.
Flea larvae in the vicinity feed on these tail segments, which are essentially small sacks of dormant tapeworm eggs. As flea larvae continue to develop, the ingested tapeworm eggs hatch inside and grow to their infectious stage of development.
The now-adult flea finds its way to your cat or dog for a satisfying blood meal only to be licked, swallowed and digested, releasing the young tapeworm into its’ new host’s small intestine. And so the life cycle goes.
From the time the flea is swallowed, it takes only 3 weeks for tapeworm segments to appear on the pet’s rear end or stool.
How to eliminate cat worms and dog worms
Understanding the players in this vicious cycle of fleas and cat worms is half the battle.
Fleas can remain in the pupae stage for up to 20 weeks and, as adults, from one month to one year. Tapeworms can thrive inside your dog or cat for many years.
Veterinarians agree the most successful treatment for cat worms (and dog worms) involves a two-fisted approach of eliminating both fleas and worms at the same time.
Unfortunately, with shorter life spans and smaller organ systems than humans, pets are far more limited in their physical ability to deal with medications. Many veterinarians use toxic pesticides which kill the worms but devastate the nervous system and deep organs of cats and dogs.
Fortunately, the more enlightened holistic veterinarians everywhere are discovering the proven effective combination of natural flea control plus an herbal dog and cat parasite formula.
This responsible approach is 100% natural, safe and humane. It quickly and effectively eliminates both fleas and worms – without harming yourself, your children, your pets, or the environment.
The two products recommended by holistic veterinarians for today’s natural, organic pet health care market are TripleSure® All-Natural Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs and Cats , and FourGuard Herbal Parasite Formula for Dogs and Cats. Both products carry a 100% money-back guarantee so you have nothing to lose and many healthy years of life to gain for your pets.
Now you can completely eliminate cat worms, dog worms, fleas and other parasites the safe and natural way, as nature intended. And your pets will love you even more for doing it... if that’s possible.
SEE ALSO: Symptoms of dog worms