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The strategy of parasites is to live off of the work of other organisms. Intestinal parasites are small organisms that live in the intestines of a host. There, they are able to consume nutrients and grow, continuing their life cycle. This robs the host of nutrients that it needs.
How do pets get intestinal parasites?
Pets become infected by ingesting the eggs of the parasite. This can happen by eating other animals or insects – most often fleas – which are infected, licking it off themselves after being exposed to infected material, or through the mother’s womb and milk.
What are the signs or symptoms of intestinal parasites?
One of the difficulties of dealing with intestinal parasites is that, without a screening, there may not be any sign of infection for a long time as the parasites grow. If the parasites do make the pet sick, symptoms often include diarrhea, vomiting, anorexia, anemia, enlarged abdomen and continuous hunger.