These aren’t your average garden worms! These worms are harmful parasites that can negatively impact your pet’s health, causing long-lasting damage. It’s important to be vigilant of any sudden changes in your pet’s health, which could be linked to an infection caused by worms. If you suspect your pet has worms or if they’re due for the next deworming, don’t hesitate to contact us at 403-337-3221.
How do I know if my pet has worms?
The best way to confirm if your pet has worms is for our veterinary team to run diagnostic tests to confirm the infection. Common worms that inhabit furry family members are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. A stool sample examined under a microscope will help confirm if there are any larvae or adult worms living inside your pet’s intestines. Symptoms you can look out for at home are:
- Excessive coughing
- Shortness of breath
- Change in appetite
- Weight loss
When should I take my pet to be dewormed?
Kittens and puppies should be dewormed during their first few weeks of life, since they’re either born with them or are infected while nursing. Our veterinary team can create a deworming plan for your pet to decide which medicine will work best to evict the pesky critters living inside your pet.
Can I use home remedies to deworm my pet?
Home remedies aren’t strong enough or effective long-term in deworming your pet. We recommend either oral medicine or a shot that will treat a wide range of parasites at once. The medicine is intended to harm the parasite, not your pet.