Coccidiosis in Cats

Coccidiosis in cats

Coccidiosis at a glance

About: Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease affecting the intestinal tract of cats caused by the protozoa coccidia.

Symptoms:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Abdominal pain
  • Uveitis

Treatment: Sulfadimethoxine or Trimethoprim-sulfa to inhibit coccidial reproduction as well as supportive care which can include fluids to treat dehydration and nutritional support.

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Internal Parasites in Cats

Internal parasites in cats

At a glance

About

Internal parasites are parasites that live inside the body of their host. The most common internal parasites are worms which live in the cat’s gastrointestinal tract, but parasites can also live in the muscles, organs or blood.

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Heartworm Disease in Cats

Heartworm disease

At a glance

About: Dirofilaria immitis are a parasitic worm that lives in the pulmonary arteries, lungs and heart of affected cats.

Transmission: Infection occurs via the mosquito who passes on the microfilaria (baby heartworms) when they feed on the cat.

Symptoms: Include difficulty breathing, coughing, gagging, exercise intolerance, loss of appetite and weight loss.

Treatment: There is no safe treatment to kill heartworms in cats. Most veterinarians monitor your cat closely and offer supportive care. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the worms.

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Ear Mites in Cats

Ear mites in cats

What are ear mites?

Ear mites are a common spider-like mite that lives in the ears of animals. Although the name would suggest otherwise, ear mites can live on any part of the body although they generally live in the ear canal of cats. They are the most common cause of otitis externa (inflammation of the outer ear canal) in cats.

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How To Safely Remove Fleas From Newborn Kittens

Removing fleas from young kittens

 

Medically reviewed by Dr Sam Kovac BVSc (Merit) Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic

Fleas are a common external parasite that feeds on the blood of their host. Their flattened body, hard exoskeleton and backward-facing hairs allow the flea to burrow through the fur to the skin where they feed on the host’s blood using specialised mouthparts. Young kittens are at risk because of their small size and blood volume, which puts them at risk of anemia (low red blood cell count). Most flea products are toxic to very young kittens and cannot be used until 6-8 weeks.

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Hookworms in Cats

Hookworms in cats

  About Hookworms are small, thin nematodes that are approximately 10 to 20 mm in length. They are a common intestinal parasitic worm of dogs, but can also infect cats. Hookworms live in the small intestine of the cat, attaching themselves to the intestinal wall using teeth like hooks (hence the name) where they feed … Read more