Parasite control is an important component of your pet’s health. The purpose of a dewormer, an antiparasitic drug, is to rid your pet of parasites living in their intestinal tract. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on the treatment.
Given their behaviour, our feline friends are at risk of being infected by intestinal parasites. Outdoor cats require more frequent deworming than indoor felines. We recommend starting the deworming series during their first kitten examination.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Cats can be infected by both internal and external parasites. For example, it’s not uncommon to see a cat with ear mites or flea droppings during an examination. Internal parasites are more difficult to spot and often go unnoticed. These can be detected during a fecal exam performed at the clinic.
What symptoms should I look for to see if my cat has worms?
Intestinal worms can go unnoticed, but they can also cause diarrhea and blood in the stool.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
As a rule, intestinal worms are not dangerous to humans. However, toxoplasmosis and echinococcosis are the exception to this rule and remind us of the importance of frequent hand washing and ensuring that your pets have been properly dewormed.
What is the deworming schedule?
The frequency of deworming depends on your pet’s age and lifestyle. Usually we deworm puppies and kittens every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks of age, and then once a month until they are 6 months old. Adults require less frequent deworming because of their stronger immune system, but older pets may require more frequent deworming. Our veterinary team will be happy to talk to you about this during a consultation!