Deworming medication can act as a preventative measure and also remove parasites when your pet has a confirmed infection. Intestinal worms can cause infections and serious health complications, especially if they remain undiagnosed. Deworming is the only way to effectively remove worms from your pet's body.
What is deworming?
Deworming involves your pet taking special medication to remove intestinal parasites. They're available in a few forms, from oral medications to injections and topical creams. It's common that at some point in your pet's lifetime, they will have intestinal worms. The good news is deworming is an effective way to kill parasites without harming your pet's internal systems. Common parasites that deworming helps get rid of includes:
How often should I deworm my dog?
In most cases, we recommend deworming medication be sent home only if your pet has a confirmed parasitic infection. We recommend testing your pet's stool sample regularly to check for parasites. During your pet's routine appointment, which typically happens annually, we may ask that you bring a stool sample so we can determine a course of action if they have parasites.
Does my indoor cat need deworming?
Cats need annual deworming for treatment and prevention of any intestinal parasites they could be infected with. Just like with dogs, regular testing of stool samples helps us stay up-to-date with any cases of infection. To speak with one of our veterinarians regarding the best course of preventative treatment for your household and pet, please contact us at 604-522-3344.