PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDECINE
The best way to make sure your cat or dog stays critter-free is to prevent parasites in the first place! How? By following a parasite control plan. The specifics may depend on your furry friend’s lifestyle. For instance, if you have an indoor cat who doesn’t hang out with any other pets, certain dewormers are unnecessary. Discuss it with your Globalvet clinic veterinary team. They have all the answers!
HOW TO DETECT CAT AND DOG PARASITES
Cats and dogs can be screened for worms and other parasites through a health exam or lab tests (e.g., stool sample, blood test).
WHEN SHOULD YOU DEWORM YOUR CAT OR DOG?
The sooner, the better. Some parasites are transmitted via the placenta during pregnancy, even before a kitten or puppy is born. And transmission can continue through breastfeeding. That’s why adult worms can be found in kittens and puppies that are only 2 or 3 weeks old.
Your cute little companion can become a potential source of infection for you, your other pets, and your home. Start things off on the right paw and ask your veterinarian to deworm your newly adopted friend early on. Then keep up the deworming treatments for the first 6 months before adjusting the schedule to fit your pet’s lifestyle. It’s important to keep your new pet pest-free!
Adopting an adult cat or dog? Although most shelters treat their boarders, it’s best to do it again to make sure they’re not bringing any parasites home with them. Come in to see us and we’ll discuss the treatment options.