Deworming can protect your pet from parasitic infections that can lead to serious health problems. All pets are susceptible to internal parasite infections, no matter their life stage. To learn more, contact us at 416-537-9677.
How often should I deworm my pet?
Puppies and kittens require a more rigorous deworming schedule as they are more vulnerable to worms which can be passed down to them through their mother's milk! Thus, it is recommended that they get dewormed at 8, 10, and 12 weeks of age, then monthly until they are about 6-months-old. The subsequent deworming frequency will then be on an “as-needed” basis as it depends on a few factors:
- What are the most widespread parasites in your area?
- What's your pet's risk of exposure? How often do they go outside? Do they interact with other animals? Do they eat things they should not be eating?
- Have you traveled to other regions recently?
My pet doesn't go outside. Should I still deworm them?
Many people think that only outdoor pets need to be treated and protected, but even those who stay inside can be at risk. Parasites can make their way into your home through other means, such as your shoes, clothing, and other pets that visit. Please consult with our veterinary team for further information.
How do I know if my pet has worms?
The most visible sign is if you find worms in their stool. However, it may not always be as easy. Here are some common symptoms that may indicate your pet has worms:
- Weight loss
- Bloated belly
- Dry, rough coat