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Why it is important to Deworm your Pet

07 Nov 2013 | by Ritwik | Posted in: Wellness

Source: www.dognotebook.com

Deworming is absolutely integral for all cats and dogs, your pets can easily get worms in their systems. This has to be treated on a regular basis and it is very important to flush the worms out from the system. If the worms are not flushed from the system on time they can affect the vital organs of the pets.

It is important to give deworming medicines to your pet at regular intervals to maintain their general wellbeing. De-wormers come in two forms suspension and tablet.  Suspension is used for puppies and kitten, while the tablets are used on adult dogs and cats. Deworming is very important for your pet if the worm load in pet increases it can lead to can be fatal to their health and also lead to death. So keep your pet free of worms and follow a deworming schedule suggested by the vet to deworm your pet.  The most common worms that are successfully dispelled from the body with de-wormers include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms & tapeworms.

They grow over your pet’s body and take nutrition from them leading to various health problems. This can lead to nutritional deficiencies and weakness in your dogs.

These are some of the common intestinal worms .

  • Roundworms and Hookworms are most commonly found in puppies and kittens. These parasites come directly from the mother before they are born in the womb itself. They can also come with the milk feed of the mother. Cats and Dogs can be infected by eating something contaminated with worm or worm egg on the road as well.
  • Whipworms are commonly found in adult animals but can be found in puppies as well. Dogs are more commonly affected. Fecal-oral transmission is also how animals become infected with whipworms.
  • Tape worm parasites are also found in dog intestine. It gets easily transmitted with fleas. Fleas carry the worm in immature form. Flea is generally ingested by the dog.

All the above intestinal worms live in the intestine and complete their life cycle. Post deworming they exit the system through your pet’s stool.

Diagnosis of worm

  • One can get diagnosed for the worm by the fecal test (fecal floatation)

Some of the common symptoms include

  •  Rough hair coats
  •  Diarrhea
  • Malnutrition
  • Anemia

Recommended deworming period

  • Puppies - Start treatment at 2 weeks; repeat at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age and then monthly until 6 months of age.
  • Nursing Dams - Treat at the same time as puppies.
  • Adult Dogs –Deworm every 4-6 month.  Have a fecal test performed 1-2 times per year and treat appropriately.
  • Newly Acquired Animal – De-Worm immediately after getting them home; repeat after 2 weeks, then follow above recommendations.

Here is the list of some of the well-known de-wormers

  • Drontal
  • Worex
  • Worm -tek
  • Cantel
  • Plozin
  • Kiwof
  • Prazisam
  • Eazypet
  • Prazipaste

Contra-indications, warnings etc.

  • Please get in touch with vet for the correct dosage
  • Do not exceed recommended dose when treating pregnant bitches
  • Do not use simultaneously with piperazine compounds
  • Consult a veterinarian before treating pregnant bitches for roundworms
  • Tapeworm infestation is certain to re-occur unless control of intermediate hosts such as fleas, mice etc. is undertaken
  • NOTE - KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN
  • Not for Human Use. For Animal Treatment Only. Store in a cool and dry place, away from sunlight

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