Deworming helps kill internal parasites that prey on your pet. Parasite infections can cause a range of health issues for your pet, which is why deworming is an essential part of their routine healthcare regimen. Deworming should be done at least twice per year but more frequently depending on certain risk factors.
Which pets are most at risk for worm infections?
No pet is immune to potential worm infections. There is a range of intestinal parasites, most commonly hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms, that can infect your pet. Puppies and kittens are especially susceptible to roundworms passed on from their mother before birth and while nursing. Intestinal parasites can also infect humans, posing a heightened risk to young children, and pregnant and immunocompromised people. Therefore, deworming medication not only protects your pet but the entire family.
Can I see worms in my pet's stool?
Some parasites are more easily detectable with the naked eye, like roundworms and tapeworms. Others need to be tested to confirm intestinal parasites. Other common external signs your pet has a worm infection include:
- Weight loss
- Dry hair
- Pale appearance
Which types of dewormers are available?
Dewormers are commonly available as oral treatments and can be given by the owner in their home. Some pet owners conceal dewormer medication in treats like cheese or peanut butter to ensure their pet eats it. It typically takes a few hours to start working. In the days immediately following, you could see worms in your pet's stool, based on the type they could be infected with. It can be strange to see live worms in your pet's feces but don't be alarmed! This means the medication is working as it should. If you'd like to learn more about deworming, please contact us at 519-941-2275.