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Symptoms in Puppies & Kittens.

Roundworms may cause abdominal swelling and pain, loss of weight, vomiting or diarrhoea, and on rare occasions, rupture of the bowel. A post mortem may find that the stomach and intestines contain hundreds of worms. The migrating larvae in the lungs may also cause coughing, which can be an important symptom. These larvae may also travel through the liver, brain or other tissues. A young kitten or puppy that is thin with a ‘pot belly’ is often described as a typically ‘wormy’ puppy or kitten.

Symptoms in Adult Animals.

Symptoms are rarely seen, except for an occasional adult worm in faeces or vomit. Nevertheless, it is still very important to treat adults for roundworms, or they will continue to infect other pets, and possibly also children. Tapeworms consume very little food, so it is only when they are present in large quantities that they may interfere with normal digestion. Tapeworms therefore do not usually cause loss of weight. However, the presence of worms almost certainly causes some discomfort or irritation around the anus as a result of shedding segments.