Preventative care is at the core of our practice because we’ve seen firsthand the toll of treating avoidable health issues. Deworming is one of the preventative measures we recommend to reduce the long-term costs and health effects of parasite infections. Our goal is to support your pet with tools, like deworming, that allow them to continue living a happy life with you.
How does my pet get parasite infections?
Even if you have an indoor pet, they are still at risk of contracting a parasitic infection. Puppies and kittens are born with parasites passed down from their mother during nursing. Other pets contract internal parasites like ringworm or hookworms while interacting with wild animals or contaminated feces. For internal parasites, it can be hard to determine if your pet has them solely by looking at them. The best way to detect an infection is through fecal testing, which will determine any parasites making a home out of your pet.
How often should pets be dewormed?
As puppies and kittens, your pet will need to be dewormed more often than older pets, since they are often born with parasites. After that, deworming should happen regularly, especially if your pet is at a higher risk of exposure depending on:
- Where you live
- How often they interact with wild animals
- Where they venture outside
- How often they travel
- How often they go to areas with other furry friends
What types of intestinal parasites impact pets?
Common internal parasites your pet could be infected by are roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms and hookworms. Show these pests the door with a broad spectrum deworming medication. To discuss deworming with our veterinary team, you can contact us at (613) 634-7474.