Intestinal worm infestation diagnosis
Generally speaking, it is impossible to physically see worm eggs in faeces, as they are so tiny they can only be picked up on a microscope. There is, however, the potential to see adult worms, if a big enough worm burden exists that the pet begins to expel them in the faeces.
Investigation usually only starts once clinical signs (as mentioned above) develop. During consultation, Vets will sometimes take a faecal sample and perform a microscopy/faecal float study. This is a diagnostic tool that can sometimes assist with providing a more accurate regime for your pet, but not a necessity in order to provide treatment.
What can I expect if my pet undergoes intestinal worm treatment?
Treatment for intestinal worms is fairly straightforward – if the pet isn’t too severely compromised from a giant worm burden, the typical approach is to simply worm them using a basic intestinal wormer. A booster of the tablet is also recommended in 2 weeks from the initial dose.
Pets with an intestinal worm infestation usually prevent based on symptoms – and so symptomatic relief is usually paired with the intestinal worming tablet on a case-by-case basis.
An example would be if the pet has ongoing diarrhoea, an intestinal wormer is given to treat the worms, along with a stool binder and electrolyte solution to treat the diarrhoea.
Another (extreme) example would be if the pet has ongoing anaemia, an intestinal wormer is given to treat the worms, along with a blood transfusion to treat the anaemia.