Deworming Services for Pets
Intestinal parasites are not only problematic for infected cats and dogs, but can also be a danger for humans in the household (particularly those who are very young/elderly, pregnant or immunocompromised). Some parasites are picked up from outdoors or soil, while others are transmitted when the dog or cat hunts wildlife (e.g. mice, birds). There are many different options for control of intestinal parasites in pets. Our team can help you decide on the best deworming plan for your cat or dog.
What are some types of parasites found in cats and dogs?
The most common intestinal parasites found in pets are roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms or whipworms – many of these are too small to see with the naked eye, but can nevertheless cause problems.
If my cat or dog has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Common symptoms of intestinal parasites include diarrhea, soft stools, foul odour to the stool or irritation around the rectum. Some cats and dogs can show no signs at all of having a parasitic burden.
What is a deworming schedule?
This is a preventative series of medical treatments to help prevent the transmission of worms and worm eggs. Deworming is typically done in puppies or in kittens, so they are protected from a young age. That being said, pets still need to be regularly dewormed even in adulthood.
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Deworming medications are generally very safe medications to administer to your cat or dog, but just like with any medication, the occasional patient may experience side effects. The most common side effect would be gastrointestinal upset. If you are concerned your pet may not be tolerating the deworming medication, please contact our practice as soon as you are able.