Our pets are some of our favourite animals. We want to look after them the best way we know, and one of the most effective ways to do that is by deworming them frequently. Deworming is an essential preventative care plan for reducing parasites and improving your pet's health. It can also reduce the likelihood of transmission of parasites from pets to humans. Jane Animal Hospital in Toronto offers reliable deworming services for pets. We administer a pet exam to identify any issues with their health and parasites. By doing so, we can identify the best treatment plan to ensure your pet is in good health.
When should I deworm my pet?
Puppies, kittens and adult pets should all be dewormed frequently. As newborns, the best practice is to deworm them every two weeks before they turn 3-months-old. Kittens and puppies can get parasites before birth from their moms (even if you dewormed the mom). When they grow up, pets should be dewormed approximately four times per year depending on their specific medication.
How do I know if my pet has parasites?
At times, one might not know their pets have parasites because they cannot see them. You may need a fecal exam to know for sure if your pet has no parasites. A fecal exam may be conducted primarily if you notice symptoms such as weight loss, loss of fur, and lack of appetite.
How can I lower my pet's exposure to worms?
You can reduce your pet's exposure to worms and other parasites by taking these steps.
- Visit a veterinarian for frequent checkups and consultations.
- Monitor your pet's exterior for weight loss, visible parasites, and loss of fur when grooming them.
- Pick up after your pets and wash your hands properly after discarding their feces.
- Cover sandboxes when they are not in use and protect garden areas.
What affects my pet's exposure to worms?
It's helpful to ask these questions to determine the factors that can increase or decrease your pet's exposure to worms:
- What are the most widespread parasites in your area?
- What's your pet's risk of exposure? Do they spend most of the day outside? Do they interact with other animals? Do you frequent daycares or busy dog parks?
- Have you traveled to other regions recently? Does the area have more parasites, such as fleas and ticks?