Roundworms are large (3 to 18 cm) worms that are usually tightly coiled when passed and look like spaghetti.
Puppies & kittens: Failure to gain weight, poor hair coat, pot-bellied appearance, puppies of 4 to 6 months of age may expel a large mass of worms in their vomit.
Adult dogs & cats: Vomiting.
People: Pneumonia-like symptoms, skin staining from damage to internal organs, and irritated retinas from damage to the eyes.
How it's transmitted
Puppies & kittens: Crossing through the placenta from the mother, and ingesting eggs in feces.
Adult dogs & cats: Ingesting eggs in feces and in infected animals like rodents.
People: Ingesting eggs through feces in soil or on pets and ingesting items contaminated with infected feces.
People most at risk
How to prevent it
* Deworm puppies and kittens every two weeks until they can receive a monthly control product.
* Promptly treat infected pets to prevent shedding of eggs, which are hardy and long-lived.
* Promptly remove animal feces from the yard and litterbox.
* To help prevent ingestion of infected animals or feces, keep dogs on leashes or in fenced yards and keep cats indoors.
* Monitor children playing outside in sandboxes and parks.
* Administration of monthly heartworm preventative helps to control these parasites!!