Even though you can't see worms, they are still present. Although intestinal worms are slowly causing your pet body harm, they may appear to be happy and healthy. No matter how much you restrict your pet's time outside, they could still contract worms. This is why the vet may advise bringing a stool sample to your pet's annual checkup. By looking for eggs in the patient's feces under a microscope, majority of the worms can be detected. A blood test is performed to find other worms, including heartworms. To get your pet started on a deworming plan, call us at 250-727-2125.
What kinds of worms infect pets?
There are many different types of worms that can infect your pet, and they are present everywhere. As they frequently reside inside the gut, the first test we typically advise is examining a stool sample for worms or eggs. Among the most prevalent diseases that affect pets are:
- Heartworms (in warmer areas)
How often should I deworm my pet?
Their age, lifestyle, and danger of exposure to parasites are just a few of the variables that affect how frequently they need to be dewormed. The following are general recommendations for deworming frequency:
- Puppies and kittens: Juvenile animals need to be dewormed more frequently than adult pets since they are more prone to parasites. Until they are about 4 months old, your veterinarian may advise deworming your puppy or kitten every 2-3 weeks.
- Adult dogs and cats: Just once or twice a year may be necessary for adult pets who are at minimal risk of parasite exposure. Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors or who interact with other animals may require more frequent deworming every three months.
- Senior pets: Elderly animals may benefit from more frequent deworming since their immune systems may have changed with age, making them more vulnerable to parasites. They may only need dewormer once or twice a year if they do not go outside frequently.
Does my pet still need to be dewormed if they don’t go outside?
Many people believe that only outdoor pets require care and protection, yet even indoor pets may face danger. However, a lot depends on your pet's circumstances and surroundings. For more details, kindly contact our veterinary staff.