Dewormers for dogs and cats provide protection against worms (internal parasites) and keep them healthy. Most common worms affecting your pets are Roundworm, Hookworm, Tapeworm and Whipworm. These parasites are found in the intestine of cats and dogs and while no single medication can control or prevent all worms, there are several effective broad spectrum worming medicines available in the market today.
As most puppies are born with worms, it is recommended to start them on a deworming regime right after birth. Adult dogs have to undergo a fecal test conducted by a veterinarian to check the presence of worms in your pet. The most common parasite in the digestive tract of dog is Roundworm. Roundworms are large in size and travel through your lungs before moving into your intestine. At times roundworms can also be seen in your dog’s stool or vomit. Diarrhea is one of the most common symptoms for pets infected with intestinal parasites. Hookworms are much smaller than Roundworms. While Roundworms feed on tissues, Hookworms feed upon blood. Hookworms reside in small intestine and signs of hookworms include weakness, pale gums, weight loss and occasionally, death.
Hookworms and Roundworms occur in both dogs and cats, while Whipworms only occur in dogs. Whipworms mainly penetrate into the walls of large intestine, resulting into inflammation and blooding from the gut. It also leads to dehydration, weight loss and mild anemia. Tapeworms generally cause less harm in cats and dogs. Pets infected by Tapeworms have digestive upsets and itchy backsides.
Most vets recommend that deworming of puppies should begin at 2 weeks of age and after that it should be repeated at 4, 6, and 8 weeks of age. After that it is recommended to continue monthly deworming for at least six months or to start them on a monthly heartworm preventive for life as it also protects them against other parasites.
Some of the popular dewormers for dogs are Drontal Plus Dogs and Milbemax. Drontal for Dogs is a highly effective anti-parasitic treatment as it can control roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. The tablets are highly palatable in its form and can be given directly to the dog or mixed in food.
Milbemax for Dogs is another dewormer that provides effective relief against gastrointestinal worms. Milbemax is a broad spectrum treatment for worms such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms, reduction of infection of lungworms and the prevention of heartworm disease in dogs. The product is safe to use on puppies and adult dogs.
While Drontal Plus and Milbemax tablets are recommended for dogs, some of the popular deworming products for cats are Drontal, Droncit and Profender for Cats. These products are effective in the treatment and control of roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm in kittens and cats. Veterinarians recommend that kittens should be dewormed at 3, 5, 7 and 9 weeks of age and after that administer a monthly heartworm preventative that also kills roundworms and hookworms.
Cats and kittens should not be given dewormers without checking for the presence of worms. Fecal samples of your kitten and cat should be checked two to four times in the first year of your kitten’s life and after that, one to two times a year. If your kitten or cat is an indoor-only pet then check twice a year in a kitten and once a year for an adult cat. Bear in mind that this is important because fleas can transmit tapeworms even to cats that stay indoors only.
It is essential to keep your pets parasites free as humans, especially children, can get infected with Roundworms from their pet. So it is important to consult your vet and devise an appropriate worming plan for your pet based on your pet’s age and lifestyle as this will help you protect your pet and your family.