Preventative healthcare is an important component of our veterinary practices and deworming is one of the ways we promote it. Deworming removes internal parasites from your pet’s body. Though your pet might seem healthy, internal parasites could still be taking up residence inside them. With the help of our team, you can deworm your pet and give parasites their eviction notice.
Are my pets at risk of getting parasites?
There are several risk factors that increase the likelihood of your pet having parasites. For example, if you live in a wooded area with frequent wild animal sightings, your pet might be at a higher risk for internal parasites spread through feces. Traveling to certain areas or provinces with higher transmission rates also increases the likelihood of your furry family member contracting a parasite. Being mindful of ways to properly dispose of your pet’s feces, washing your hands after handling their waste and discussing a parasite control program with our veterinary team are all important steps you can take to keep them protected.
Why should I get my pet dewormed?
Some parasites are zoonotic, which means they can be passed on from your pet to your human family members. Children, seniors, immuno-compromised individuals and pregnant people are the most susceptible. Deworming not only protects your pet but your entire family. It’s important to look out for the following signs of parasite infection in your pet:
- Weight loss
- Swollen belly
How often should my pet be dewormed?
Our veterinary team will discuss how often your pet should be dewormed, depending on the risk factors mentioned. For example, puppies and kittens are born with some parasites and need to be dewormed more often in their first weeks of life. Dogs and cats are dewormed anywhere from once a month to a few times a year. If you’re interested in scheduling a deworming appointment, please contact us at 604-464-6666.