Deworming Treatment from our Kirkland Veterinarian
Parasites are an ongoing problem for dogs and cats. In fact, it is often suggested that puppies and kittens be wormed as a matter of course. This is partly because of the habits of these species. Dogs and cats both like to sniff and lick the scents of other animals, and this allows them to ingest worm eggs from any contaminated area or item. It’s important to schedule regular appointments with Finn Hill Animal Hospital to deworm and take preventative health measures for your pets.
Types of Worms
The most common types of worm parasites in pests are of the intestinal variety. These include hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms, and whipworms. Even though they spend their adult stages in the intestine, some of these travel to other parts of the body before getting to that location. This can cause problems in these areas.
How to Detect Worms in Your Pet
Only two of the common internal pet parasites can be seen with the naked eye: tapeworms and roundworms. These worms, or pieces of them, can be seen in your pet's stool. Therefore, it's a good idea to be on the lookout for other symptoms, such as diarrhea (sometimes bloody), blood in the stools, weight loss, general lethargy, and overall poor appearance.
The best way to detect worms in pets, however, is via stool sample testing. This is because not all animals show symptoms. The test is done by your veterinarian in Kirkland. The office will provide a small container for the sample, and all you need to do is wait for your dog or cat to defecate to collect it and bring it into the veterinarian's office.
Newborn animals can get worms from their mothers while they are still in the womb thanks to the worms' ability to migrate through her blood and into the developing pups/kits. Worms can also be transferred through the mother's milk.
To control this, puppies and kittens are routinely given worming medication at scheduled intervals:
- Two weeks old
- Again at four weeks
- Again at six weeks
- Again at eight weeks
- Then again at 12 and 16 weeks
- Repeat at six months and one year
- Once more at adulthood
For adult animals, whether there is a deworming schedule at all, and if so, how often it should be done, depends on the pet's lifestyle. Your vet will advise you on the details of the best schedule for your adult pet.
Contact Our Kirkland Veterinarian if You Detect Worms in Your Pet
To have your pet tested for worms, or to get routine puppy or kitten worming medicine, just make an appointment with us here at Finn Hill Animal Hospital. Our Kirkland veterinarian will be glad to provide the appropriate testing and treatment. Be sure to ask about our other veterinary services as well!