100% Natural Remedies for Symptoms of Hookworms in Cats
Hookworms are small thin worms that have teeth-like mouthparts which allow them to attach and reattach to the intestinal wall of your pet where they live and feed off their blood. The process of connecting and reconnecting can create tiny ulcers that may lead to intestinal bleeding, anemia, diarrhea, and, in some rare cases, even death.
How Cats Become Infected With Hookworms
Cats become infected with hookworms when they ingest hookworm eggs which can be found in feces or when your cat eats an animal that is already infected such as rodents and birds. Hookworm eggs can also migrate through the skin and be passed on to kittens either directly or through the mother’s milk.
Signs and Symptoms of Hookworms in Cats
There are different species of hookworms most of which cause mild symptoms such as:
- Weakness and anemia
- Failure to gain weight or weight loss
- Coughing due to egg migration through the lungs
- Bloody or tarry stools
- Pneumonia in young animals with a serious infection
There is one type of hookworm called Ancylostoma Tubaeforme that can cause fatal blood loss in kittens with a severe infection.
Additional Support Tips
Use NHV Inulin PK regularly (every 3 months) as a natural dewormer. If infection is severe, talk to your vet about prescribing deworming treatments for hookworms in cats, as well as including plant-based supplements like Milk Thistle for liver support or Multi Essentials for nutritional support. These are safe to be given in conjunction with conventional treatments. You can read about the importance of deworming your pet on Dr. Hillary Cook's blog.
NHV has a wide range of supplements that animals like to take, even finicky felines! Some of our powerful herbal ingredients include:
- Elecampane—This potent herb has a paralyzing effect on the worm’s central nervous system.
- Wormwood —This useful herb helps expel intestinal worms and parasite infestations.
- Oregon Grape—A multi-functional herb that helps relieve indigestion and malabsorption as well as having antibiotic and immunostimulatory properties.
If you are unsure about holistic remedies for the symptoms of hookworms in cats or have questions about which one would best benefit your pet, ask an NHV expert because we are here to help answer questions, offer guidance and give support along the way.
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