Protect your pet from dangerous intestinal worms with regular deworming treatments.
Intestinal worms are common in dogs and cats and can be lethal if untreated – particularly in puppies and kittens. Intestinal worms are spread through contact with other animals, feces, or contaminated dirt, or if your pet eats infected prey like rodents or bugs. Deworming medications eliminate worms from your pet's system. It needs to be done on a regular basis because dewormers can only treat existing worms, not prevent new infections.
In many cases, pets with intestinal worms don’t have any symptoms until their infestation is severe. If you see the following signs, particularly in kittens or puppies, call us at 416-538-8387 to book an appointment with a veterinarian, and bring a fresh fecal sample to your pet’s appointment, so that it can be tested for intestinal worms and parasites:
Dewormers are taken orally or (for cats) applied to the skin. The medicine kills the worms in your pet's intestinal tract, and they are excreted as part of your pet's waste (although in most cases, you won’t see them). Deworming medication cannot prevent new worm infestations, which is why all pets need to be dewormed regularly. Our veterinarians will recommend the most suitable deworming medicine and timeline for your pet based on their lifestyle, symptoms and fecal test results. Fecal tests can confirm that your pet is free of worms at the end of treatment.
The best way to ensure your family's safety is to deworm all pets in your household regularly and do a fecal test once a year at their annual exam, or earlier if they have symptoms. Worms are easily spread, but pets don’t always show symptoms if they are infected. If you only deworm pets that have symptoms, any pets in the house that weren’t treated will quickly re-infect them. Monthly all-in-one flea, tick & heartworm prevention medications are a great option, as they prevent the fleas that spread tapeworms, and now include dewormers that treat the most common intestinal worms. You can request medication for your pet using our online Parasite Prevention Request Form.
Additional ways to protect your family from worms and other parasites include:
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