A Practical Guide to Deworming
The arrival of a new puppy or kitten is an exciting time for any pet owner. To avoid worms and diseases, preventative measures are absolutely necessary. All animal companions need to undergo deworming to ensure a happy, healthy and long life.
All different kinds of intestinal parasites can live in your cat or dog’s body without your knowledge. Worms are not always evident but they can be harmful and even fatal in some cases. This is why deworming is essential for any new animal being welcomed into your home, whether they are young or old.
The Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic’s trusted team of Toronto veterinarians has come up with guidelines for any pet lover to follow.
What kind of worms?
The summer sun and heat bring out many kinds of bugs that can transmit worms to your animal companion. Our Toronto animal clinic has dealt with common pet parasites including:
These intestinal bugs can work their way from the intestines to other vital organs of the body and wreak havoc on your dog or cat.
What are the symptoms of worms?
Deworming is the best way to prevent parasites but it is possible that your new companion may already have worms. Your dog or cat may experience the following:
- Unusual amounts of lethargy
- Longer sleep cycles
It works differently for both cats and dogs depending on their age, routine and when you took them home.
- Kittens and puppies: It is crucial to deworm these young companions at 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age as well as when they reach 6 months and one year. After their first year of age, there is less deworming, but routine appointments still need to be arranged and kept.
- Adopted animals: To be safe, we recommend that and then another round two weeks later. After that, they can follow a regular adult schedule.
- Cats: Cats who spend time strictly indoors need to be dewormed at least once a year. However, if your furry friend spends time outside or hunts on a regular basis then veterinary clinics in Toronto suggest taking your pets for a deworming at least twice a year.
- Dogs: Man’s best friend needs to undergo deworming treatments at least twice a year.
If your dog or cat likes to hunt or spend an enormous amount of time outside of your home, then our Toronto animal clinic may recommend several deworming procedures per year. This ensures that your veterinarian is able to prevent, identify and treat whatever your animal chews, eats or comes into contact with over the year.
At the Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic, we have over 20 years of experience when it comes to treating and caring for your dog or cat. We offer deworming and other extensive services as a Toronto, Scarborough, Markham and Ajax veterinary clinic. Call us at 416-266-9380 to book your appointment today!