The following recommendations are used as general guidelines. Other parasites and health conditions may exist which would be best addressed by your regular veterinarian. Worms/parasites can be transmitted to humans, so practicing good hygiene and staying aware of your pet's health through regular veterinary examinations are very important.
Often puppies and kittens are at the highest risk of having worms/parasites. Many times, worms cannot be seen or detected by pet owners. Preventive measures which include de-worming is recommended for all puppies and kittens, as well as any dog or cat which has had a significant flea problem.
Puppies and kittens are often born with ROUNDWORMS, as they often contract the worms directly from the mother prior to birth. Roundworms can also be contracted from other animals.
TAPEWORMS are caused by fleas, so certain flea products are recommended for dogs and cats to help exterminate fleas and reduce the risk of tapeworms and other severe allergy reactions which may result from even a single flea bite. Tapeworms can also be transmitted between pets and people.
HEARTWORMS can be caused by mosquitos. Testing for heartworms is strongly recommended in certain areas. If your pet is negative, placing it on a regimen of "Heartgard" or other veterinarian-recommended product is an excellent way to prevent heartworm infestation. If your pet tests positive, it must be treated by a veterinarian.
All infestations of worms/parasites should be treated with the proper type and proper dose of medication.
♦ ALL INITIAL DE-WORMINGS MUST BE FOLLOWED BY A 2ND DE-WORMING ADMINISTERED 2 WEEKS AFTER THE FIRST DE-WORMING. On rare occasions, a 3rd de-worming may be necessary.
♦ GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF ROUNDWORMS: Spaghetti-like worms found in feces (stool) and/or in vomit. However, Roundworms do not necessarily have to be seen in order for your pet to be infested. Roundworms can cause a serious and dangerous health risk to your pet.
ROUNDWORMmedication: "Pyrantel Pamoate". Dosage varies depending on the weight of the animal. $13 per dose
♦ GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF TAPEWORMS: Segments of tapeworms usually have a flat appearance anywhere up to 1/2 inch or they can look like rice kernels after they become dry. Tapeworms are usually found in feces or around the anal area. On rare occasion, they can be found in vomit. However, Tapeworms do not necessarily have to be seen in order for your pet to be infested. Tapeworms are caused by the ingestion of a flea and can grow inside your pet to several feet in length, causing a serious and dangerous health risk to your pet.
TAPEWORM medication: "Droncit". Dosage and price varies depending on the weight of the animal. $15 - $35
For your convenience, we administer the first de-worming dose at our clinic. We provide you with the second dose of de-worming medication (which is always an oral medication) to take home to administer to your pet two weeks after the first dose is given.
HEARTWORMmedication: "Heartgard Plus". (Available at most of our clinics) Please ask our clinic attendants for current pricing.
HEARTGARD Plus can be used in puppies as young as 6 weeks of age—and puppies benefit from the ability of HEARTGARD Plus to treat and control roundworms and hookworms. Heartgard Plus is a chewable tablet which should be given approximately every 30 days. It is recommended that all dogs be tested for Heartworm infection before starting a preventive medication or program.
FLEA & TICK medication. (Available at most of our clinics) Please ask our clinic attendants for current pricing.
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