The worms that can infect your dog or cat are everywhere, even in places you wouldn’t expect. Felines and canines can get worms from playing in dirt or grass, ingesting parasites like fleas even while in utero, or through the mother’s milk. This is puppies and kittens are introduced to deworming between 2 to 4-weeks-old. They are given this medication every two weeks until they turn 3-months-old, then your veterinarian will create a deworming routine for their adult years. Deworming your cat or dog protects them but also ensures that you yourself do not get worms.
Why does my adult cat or dog need deworming?
Deworming should be a constant practice for your canine/feline companion. Even if your loyal companion has previously been dewormed, your veterinarian will recommend the treatment periodically. Worms can always infect your cat or dog, by deworming them, you flush out worm eggs and remove any adult worms that could reproduce and cause problems. Adult felines and canines should be dewormed once every 3 months or as often as recommended by the veterinarian.
How is my dog or cat tested for worms?
To diagnose most worms our team will look for worm eggs in the stool. A sample is usually collected from the patient and examined under a microscope. In some cases, a microscope isn’t necessary as tapeworms can be seen with the naked eye. When checking for heartworms a blood test is performed along with other diagnostic tests to check for internal damage.
What are signs that my loyal companion has worms?
Once you notice any health changes in your cat or dog please take them to a veterinarian ASAP. If your loyal companion has internal worms it can take months for the signs of an infection to appear and by that time irreparable damage may have already occured. Here are signs usually associated with a worm infestation:
- Bloated abdomen
- Weight loss
- Abdomen pain
- Loss of appetite
- Dragging their behinds
- Visible worms in stool
Schedule an appointment with us at 204-589-8381 to learn more about this important aspect of your pet’s health.