With an abundance of choices, articles and dr. Google its no wonder that many owners are misinformed regarding parasite control for their pet. So how do you know when your need to deworm, what to deworm for and what products to use?
Coombs veterinary hospital follows the canadian parasitology council guidelines for deworming dog and cats, so please feel at ease when we recommend our deworming for your and your pets health. That's right your health!
Deworming has a extremely poor compliance rate which I believe stems from the lack of communication between clients and veterinarians and this lack of communications is putting both pets and humans at risk.
Deworming is necessary for not only our pets health but also for your health. Every year there are thousands of parasitic cases seen by doctors in north america. In fact, greater than 14% of the population has positive antibodies to round worm infections and approximately 750 children become blind each year due to parasitic infection.
It is our role as veterinarians to not only advocate for the health and welfare of your pets but also to educate the public into the risks of zoonotic disease that can be transmitted by animals - worms are a big big deal!
Our deworming protocol for coombs veterinary Hospital is as follows:
Puppies and kittens less than six months of age:
• Puppies and kittens should be treated with an anthelmintic with activity against Toxocara spp. at two,
four, six and eight weeks of age and then monthly to six months of age. This early start schedule ensures
prompt removal of T. canis acquired prenatally and T. cati acquired through the milk.
• Nursing bitches and queens should be treated concurrently with their offspring since they often develop
patent infections along with their young following the ingestion of pre-adult larvae or infective eggs
from the feces of the puppies and kittens.
• Alternatively, when puppies or kittens are first brought home by their owner, they should be dewormed
for a minimum of three treatments spaced two weeks apart and then monthly up to six months of age.
• Appropriately conducted fecal examinations should be performed at least twice in the first year of the
animal’s life (e.g. at two to three months and seven to nine months of age) and the choice of products
and scheduling of future treatments based on the parasites detected and their abundance in a given
• Dogs and cats with access to the outdoors in areas endemic for fleas or that might come into contact
with fleas or infested animals in other ways, should receive preventive treatment(s).
• Puppies traveling to or through endemic areas, should receive
monthly heartworm preventive treatments beginning at a maximum of two months of age.
• Comprehensive tick control should also be based on a regional and seasonal risk assessment.
Dogs and cats over six months of age:
• All dogs and cats over six months of age should have at least an annual fecal examination and be
assessed for risk of parasitic infection including gastrointestinal helminths, heartworm, fleas, and ticks.
• Veterinarians should consider the pet’s lifestyle, location, health status, other particular needs and the
household in which it lives and ask pet owners the following questions to assess the animal’s risk level:
Are there young children in the house?
Are there individuals with compromised immune systems in the house?
Are there multiple dogs and/or cats in the house?
Do these dogs and/or cats hunt or eat animals such as rodents, rabbits, and birds?
Don't forget to deworm your pet, it's a bigger deal that you think!