Although deworming doesn't prevent worms, it can stop them from developing in your pet's intestines. Besides posing a serious risk for cats and dogs, intestinal parasites can be spread to humans. Eliminating worms by deworming your pet is the best way to protect both you and them.
Why are intestinal worms dangerous?
In large numbers, intestinal parasites are a very serious threat to your pet. Worms can stunt growth and development in kittens and puppies and in more serious cases cause a complete blockage of the intestines, regardless of your pet's age.
What are the signs of intestinal worms?
Depending on the number of parasites in the intestine, the signs vary. Your pet may have more gas than usual. They may also have stool changes (either more watery or constipation). In some cases, worms may be visible. Vomiting may be a sign that your pet has worms.
What should I do if I think my pet has worms?
The first thing you should do is make an appointment to come into the clinic. We can do a stool analysis and make a diagnosis. If your pet does have intestinal worms, the veterinarian will prescribe a deworming treatment.
How to prevent intestinal worms?
There are no preventive treatments for intestinal parasites. However, regular deworming treatments, two to four times a year for adult pets, can control the spread of worms and stop them from developing and posing a health risk for your pet.