Most people don’t routinely consider deworming their adult pet because they don’t see worms in the stool. Unfortunately, studies show that up to 33% of dogs are infected with intestinal worms at any given time. While low numbers of worms may not cause any detectable problems in healthy adult dogs or puppies, it is a cause of concern for senior pets and sick pets. Many intestinal parasites in pets can also cause health problems in people. The people most at risk for developing problems are young children, those who are chronically ill, and the elderly. Call us at 306-545-7211 to book your appointment and find out how we can keep your cherished pet, and the rest of your family protected.
How do cats and dogs contract worms?
Dogs can become infected with worms in many ways. Puppies are often infected by larvae that pass into their mothers’ milk. Adult dogs can be infected through contact with the feces of infected dogs. Many worm eggs and larvae are quite tough and can survive in the soil for months or years. In fact, your dog can contract worms by walking through the park, in your back yard, or at a kennel. Cats can contract worms in similar ways. For example, there are worms that cats can contract when they eat mice. Pets may also be infected with worms by eating raw meat or fish.
When should I deworm my pet?
Here is a handy guide to help you:
- Puppies: Should be dewormed every 2 weeks until they are 3 months of age. (Process should start at around 4-6 weeks of age.)
- Adult dogs in private homes: Seasonal deworming (once every 3 to 4 months)
- Adult dogs in kennels/dogs who travel to shows: Once every 3 months or more, depending on the individual situation.
- Pregnant dogs: Deworm before birth or after pups arrive.
- Kittens: Should be dewormed every 2 weeks until 3 months of age starting at 6 weeks of age.
- Outdoor cats: Twice yearly or once every 3 months, depending on hunting habits.
- Indoor-only cats: After being dewormed as kittens, they should be dewormed twice per year or once every 4 months.