Dogs and cats can be the perfect hosts for a range of parasites. Though some parasites, like heartworms, prefer your dog over your cat, it doesn't mean that felines are any less at risk for infections. Certain risk factors like your pet's age, environment, and lifestyle can place them at risk of contracting certain parasites. Deworming is essential to removing harmful internal worms.
When should my cat or dog first be dewormed?
During your kitten or puppy's first few weeks of life, they should receive their first dosage of deworming medicine. If your first visit with us is during their first 6-8 weeks of life, they will typically be given two consecutive doses of a dewormer, two weeks apart. Though some worms can be passed on through nursing, deworming can also be a preventative measure for young pets. At this stage, they do not have a strong immune system to fight against infections. Puppies and kittens often have roundworms, which can be fatal if left untreated, and cause gastrointestinal issues resulting in vomiting, diarrhea, and weight loss. Adult pets should be dewormed at least 4 times per year.
Which worms are common in adult dogs and cats?
Adult dogs and cats are commonly infected with hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. However, not all of these parasites are detectable by owners simply examining their dog or cat's feces. You will likely notice the following symptoms of parasite infection:
- Weight loss
Which dewormer is right for my dog or cat?
Dewormers are administered orally. Depending on your cat or dog, we'll determine which dewormer is the best fit for them. To learn more about deworming, please contact us at 709-256-3891.