PetMeds® Worming for Dogs and Cats
|We are often asked in the clinic how often, if at all, would a particular pet need to be wormed. The answer to that question will vary depending upon the age and lifestyle of the particular pet. For example, most puppies and kittens are born with roundworms so worming puppies every few weeks for 2 to 3 times starting at age 3-4 weeks is usually indicated with a broad acting wormer such as Nemex or 1800PetMeds Dog Worms 3. In addition, a proper stool check should always be performed annually at a pet’s wellness exam. Other worms such as whipworms, Giardia or coccidia can occur in pets of any age, however, roundworm infestation is much less prevalent in older pets.|
That is why it is important to keep pets on year round heartworm prevention with Sentinel, Heartgard Plus, or a generic equivalent such as Iverhart Plus, as these monthly broad acting heartworm products often kill and prevent many intestinal worms in dogs and cats. Given the possibility of children being exposed to roundworms or hookworms, parasite control is certainly important for our dogs and cats to lessen the exposure risk. One of the more frustrating worms often encountered by clients are the appearance of rice like segments near the anus or in the stool which are often tapeworms.
While not particularly harmful to pets, tapeworms often come from ingesting worms due to prior or current infestation of fleas. Tapeworms can be treated with products like Droncit or Tapeworm Tabs for Cats. For broad acting worm control for dogs, Panacur C can be used for 3 days if worms are suspected. Follow-up stool checks at the veterinarian should always be done to make sure no further worm burdens are present in the pet.