WORMS & PARASITES IN DOGS AND CATS
Deworming dogs and cats is a practice recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Worms in puppies and kittens are common. This growth phase of their life is when they are most susceptible! Knowing when to worm puppies and kittens is important. Here are some guide lines for deworming your pets.
- Deworm puppies and kittens at 6, 9 & 12 weeks of age, then again at 1year of age.
- Twice a year for life.
- If your dog or cat is a big hunter, they will need more frequent deworming
- Dogs put everything in their mouth and need deworming twice a year to eliminate the parasites they will pick up. Deworm outside cats twice a year for the same reason
- Cats that like to hunt: 3 times a year may be necessary
NEWLY ACQUIRED ANIMALS
No matter what the history or age, assume they have parasites!
- Deworm immediately and repeat in 2 weeks.
- Then put on the above adult program.
TESTING FOR WORMS IN DOGS AND CATS
We also recommend a yearly fecal test for all your pets. Fecal testing will enable our veterinarians to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia and giardia. Since intestinal parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are usually hidden from view. Unlike external parasites like fleas and ticks, most intestinal parasites are never seen. The only way to detect the presence of intestinal parasites and identify them is by doing a fecal.
FLEA & TICK CONTROL
Fleas & Ticks can spread serious illnesses too your pets. What’s surprising is that these illnesses are spreading into different parts of the country. Lyme disease, for example, used to be concentrated in the Northeast, the upper Midwest, and parts of the West Coast. Now it’s spreading further South.
According to studies Ticks and Fleas that carry the disease are moving into new territory. Climate change may be partly to blame, but also more people are living closer to nature. Wildlife preservation and green-friendly building practices bring our homes closer to deer, raccoons, and coyotes. As much as we may enjoy seeing these animals, they can harbor flea and tick populations. Some of the Illnesses that Ticks and Fleas are:
- Rocky Mountain
- Lyme Disease
- Anemia and low iron levels
- Cat Scratch Fever
- and more…
There are many products out on the market claiming to kill fleas and ticks on your pet. Here at Mission Animal Care Center our Doctors recommend a product call BRAVECTO.
BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills ticks (black-legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 WEEKS. That’s twice as much time of most of the popular products out there. The great thing about BRAVECTO is that’s it’s a Chewable Flavored Tablet that your pet will enjoy eating.
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