Deworming your pet should be included in the care you provide for them. Worms can be dangerous to your pet’s health and, in severe cases, can result in death. Not only are worms harmful to your loyal companion, some of them are zoonotic, which means they can spread to humans. Your veterinarian will recommend a monthly preventative that protects your pet from developing worms. The medication can be given as an injection or through oral medication. To discuss your pet’s deworming plan, contact us at 705-322-2661.
When should my pet start deworming?
Even at a young age, your pet is vulnerable to worms. This is why we recommend they begin deworming when they are a few weeks old. Your pet should start deworming when they are 2 to 4-weeks-old and be given a dose every two weeks until they are 3-months-old. At this age, your veterinarian will establish a parasite prevention routine that can protect your pet from worms.
How does my pet get worms?
Your pet is constantly exposed to various factors that can lead to them getting worms. The following are some ways pets commonly get worms:
- Hunting. Dogs who hunt are more likely to get worms from their prey or feces of wild animals.
- Ingesting worms when they play or eat dirt or grass.
- Eating fleas. This parasite can transmit tapeworms to your pet.
- Their mother. New puppies can get roundworms when they are inside their mother. Kittens can also get worms from their mother’s milk.
What are signs that my pet has worms?
If your pet has worms, these are some signs you may notice:
- Sudden weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal pain
- Bloated stomach
Please contact your veterinarian immediately if you spot these signs. Our team will run tests to detect the worms and provide treatment to flush out the worms from your pet.