Believe it or not, your pet could be a breeding ground for harmful parasites. Getting your pet dewormed should be a regular part of their parasite protection plan. Deworming is a safe way to get rid of your pet’s internal parasites without harming your pet.
When should my pet get dewormed?
Pets should get dewormed when they are 2 to 3-weeks-old. Most puppies and kittens are born with worms that have been passed down from their mothers before birth or while nursing. It typically takes multiple doses to kill all of the internal parasites. Based on certain risk factors, adult pets may need to be dewormed more than four times a year. They’re typically treated with a broad spectrum medicine orally or with an injection that kills a range of internal parasites at once. To create a deworming schedule for your pet, please contact us at 519-941-6383.
How did my pet get worms?
Your pet could ingest or come into contact with another animal who transmits them. Some common worms your pet could be infected with are hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, roundworms and heartworms. These worms tend to live in your pet’s intestines and can be detected with a blood test or stool sample. Common signs of an infection include:
- Weight loss
- Shortness of breath
Can my pet be treated for worms?
If your pet is infected, they are treated with a range of medications, depending on the specific parasite. However, the best way to support your pet is by having them on a parasite control plan. This usually includes taking a monthly medication that safeguards them against parasites. Your pet should also be tested for worms regularly, at least once a year. Also, ensure that you are properly disposing of your pet’s waste and cleaning your hands properly after handling it.