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Worming Schedule for Puppies, Kittens, Cats & Dogs
Worms can be one of the most common and frustrating ailments of puppies and kittens but sometimes it can be the easiest to fix. Hookworms and roundworms are by far the most common worms found in puppies and kittens. Roundworms compete with your pet for food and can cause malnutrition or intestinal obstruction. Hookworms live on intestinal blood and can cause anemia.
Strategic Deworming Guidelines
Strategic deworming is a practice recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
• Every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 2 weeks old.
• Once a month from 3 to 6 months of age
• After 6 months, follow adult recommendations. Also after six months, use a heartworm preventative medication that is effective against hookworms and roundworms.
• Every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 3 weeks old.
• Once a month from 3 to 6 months of age.
• After 6 months, follow adult recommendations.
Adult Dogs and Cats
• Treat regularly, considering potential exposure to parasites (example: four times a year)
• A continued surveillance of parasite prevalence in your area is recommended.
Bitches and Queens
• Once prior to mating
• Once at birthing
• Lactating bitches and queens should be treated concurrently with puppies and kittens.
Newly Acquired Animals
Note: Obtain the deworming history of the new pet from previous owner.
• Worm Immediately; then repeat after 2 weeks, then follow guidelines above.
The first indication that a dog or cat is infected with some type of parasite is, very often, the presence of “something” in the dog’s or cat’s feces. If your dog or cat (or other pet) passes anything unusual in its feces, SAVE IT! Your veterinarian will usually find it more helpful to “see” what was in your pet’s feces than to listen to your description of it. The best way to save such specimens is to pick them out of your pet’s feces and put them into a container containing some alcohol (rubbing alcohol works fine). The alcohol will kill and preserve the specimen.
Dog worms can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Here is a look at the five common dog worms types and the symptoms that may appear in your dog when an infestation occurs.
Basic Facts About Dog Worms
Dog worms can almost always be prevented, but sometimes even the most well cared for canine will come down with a case of worms. Vigilance in the treatment of this problem will help reduce the worst side effects. Using the proper flea medication can help reduce cases of tape worms. Using a prescribed heart worm treatment plan from the vet will help assure that the dog in your life doesn’t contract heart worms. Many factors lead to can lead to dog worms. Types of treatment methods vary in intensity according to the extent of the infection.