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Deworming your pet is an integral aspect of pet care. Many puppies and kittens contract parasite infestations from their mother—either through the placenta or through the milk when nursing. As pets become older, they develop some ability to fight off parasites on their own, but their protection isn’t complete. Also, illness and stress can weaken the body’s response to fight off these parasites and can cause your pet to show symptoms of parasitic infestation.
Intestinal parasites affect growth and development and can be transferred between pets and pet owners. If you think your pet might be suffering from a parasitic infection, we can perform fecal exams to detect microscopic parasite eggs and determine if an infection is present. The CDC also recommends periodic deworming, even of healthy adult pets, in order to prevent parasites being transferred to people.
There are numerous options for routine deworming in dogs and cats. The easiest method is to keep your dogs and cats on monthly heartworm preventative obtained through your veterinarian. All of the products we carry for heartworm prevention also have a broad-spectrum intestinal parasite prevention in them as well. If your dog receives Proheart 6 for heartworm prevention, we administer a broad-spectrum dewormer free of charge along with their Proheart 6 dose.
Common internal parasites:
Consult with your veterinarian about which dewormer is best for your pet’s age, infection type, and current medical status. Different dewormers target different parasites. It is also important to administer the medication as prescribed. While the anthelmintic (active ingredient in the medication) is a poison meant to directly target the parasites, and poses minimal to no risk to your pet as long as administered appropriately.
Typically, newborn puppies and kittens (as well as their mothers) are dewormed every 2-4 weeks starting at 2 weeks old. Your veterinarian can help you decide the frequency and type of dewormer to use throughout your pet’s life.
How to control parasites
Parasites are known for their ability to continually re-contaminate their host. In order to control parasites, destroying the eggs and larvae before re-infestation is critical. To achieve this, pet owners must maintain clean and dry living areas for their pets.
Pets should be kept in areas that are easy to remove waste from, wash out, and keep clean such as cement or gravel. Dirt and grass should be avoided when possible. Pet waste needs to be removed daily, and fleas need to be exterminated. Always remember to practice good hygiene when cleaning up after your pet, as some of these parasites can be transferred to people (especially young or immunocompromised people).