๐Ÿถ Elsa ๐Ÿ‘‘ is not gaining weight because of Roundworms ! Roundworms = the most common intestinal parasite in ๐Ÿ•& ๐Ÿˆ . The adult ๐Ÿ› are round & range in size from less than 2 to 6 inches. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, a survey using samples collected from across the ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ found that more than 30% of ๐Ÿถ younger than 6 months of age were shedding roundworm ๐Ÿฅš ๐Ÿณ & other studies have shown that virtually all ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿพ are born infected ! Other surveys have found more than 25% of ๐Ÿฑ infected !

Because the larval stages of the worms migrate inside the ๐Ÿถ ๐Ÿฑ, some of the ๐Ÿ› become encysted & lie dormant in the host animalโ€™s organs. When the female becomes pregnant, those hidden parasites can become active, mature, & be passed to the ๐Ÿถ or ๐Ÿฑ across the placenta before they are ever even born! Sometimes the worms pass into the motherโ€™s ๐Ÿฅ› so the young ones are exposed again when they are nursing. ๐Ÿˆ & ๐Ÿ• can also become infected by ๐Ÿ‘… and/or eating grass & dirt & other soiled items that contain infective ๐Ÿฅš or by eating ๐Ÿ€ animals that have already been infected. The migrating larvae travel through the body causing damage primarily to the liver & the lungs with most of the clinically significant damage occurring in the lungs & resulting in coughing & respiratory problems. Once adult ๐Ÿ› form in the gastrointestinal tract, your ๐Ÿถ or ๐Ÿฑ may develop ๐Ÿคฎ , ๐Ÿ’ฉ, bloating & abdominal discomfort ๐Ÿ˜” . According to the CDC approximately 14% of people in the ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ test positive to antibodies against roundworms. That means that at some point in time those individuals were exposed to roundworm larvae which resulted in their bodies producing antibodies in an effort to clear the infection.

In people infections are often self limiting since the ๐Ÿ› cannot undergo their complete life cycle in humans. If illness does occur, as can be the case especially in young ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ , your physician will decide on the best treatment. If the larvae travel to a personโ€™s ๐Ÿ‘€ , their presence can cause inflammation & redness & even blindness. See your vet for parasite tests & to discuss appropriate ๐Ÿฆ prevention!