While many people only think about deworming when they have young pets, it is crucial to deworm your dog and/or cat regularly throughout their life. Worms can pose serious health risks at any age, and some intestinal worms can be transmitted to humans. Our veterinary team can help establish a deworming schedule to protect your loyal companion and ensure their well-being all year round. To pick some up, schedule an appointment with us at 705-692-4446.
How can I protect my dog and cat from worms?
Although it may sound simple, there are actually a few steps you can take to minimize your dog or cat’s exposure to worms. First and foremost, follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for regular deworming treatments and make sure you bring your furry companion for regular checkups. Maintaining a clean living environment and practicing good personal hygiene can also be helpful to prevent your pet from getting infected.
What are the side effects of deworming dogs and cats?
Deworming medications for pets are generally safe and well-tolerated. However, there are rare instances when some animals experience mild side effects. These side effects can include vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, lethargy, or hyper-salivation. In most cases, these symptoms are temporary and resolve on their own without intervention. If you notice any concerning or persistent side effects after deworming your pet, it is recommended to consult your veterinarian for further guidance.
What are the signs that my dog or cat has worms?
Internal parasites exhibit various symptoms depending on the duration of the infection. Here are some indicators to be aware of:
- Stomach bloating
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Bloody or soft stool
- Visible worms in the stool
- Dragging their hindquarters
Our veterinary team will conduct diagnostic tests to identify the specific parasite affecting your cat or dog. Most worms can be detected through stool sample testing, while heartworms require blood tests. Tapeworms can often be seen with the naked eye.