It can be tempting to skip out on deworming your dog or cat if you haven’t noticed any worms in their feces. However, just because you don’t see parasites doesn’t mean they’re not there. Some internal parasites are extremely microscopic and can only be detected once we examine a feces sample in our laboratory.
Why do puppies and kittens need to be dewormed more often?
Most puppies and kittens have worms during their first weeks of life. Even if their mother is dewormed, parasites can still be transmitted during nursing. It’s recommended that they get dewormed every two weeks up until they’re three months old. After that, we’ll determine an appropriate deworming schedule, based on their risk of contracting certain parasites. For most adult dogs and cats, we usually recommend routine deworming at least once per year.
What increases my dog or cat’s risk of getting worms?
Some factors can increase your dog or cat’s likelihood of contracting internal parasites. For example, the area you live in, how frequently you travel, time spent around other animals or if your dog or cat spends most of their time outdoors. Internal parasites that could pose a risk to your dog or cat include:
Do they need to be dewormed in the winter?
Once internal parasites have a host, they can be transmitted to your dog or cat, regardless of the season. Internal parasites can produce thousands of eggs at a time, rapidly multiplying if your dog or cat is infected. In addition to preventative deworming, we also recommend taking a monthly parasite preventive medication. To learn more about deworming and ways to protect against internal parasites, please contact us at 613-247-0013.