June first marks the beginning of heartworm season in Southern Ontario, in honour of this occasion, we’ve put together an article answering some FAQ’s regarding parasite prevention, take a look!
Who needs parasite prevention?
- Every pet is at risk of parasites, even indoor pets
- Puppies and kittens catch worms from their mothers
- And all cats and dogs, and ferrets too, are at risk of heartworm
What parasites are problems for pets?
- Intestinal worms are common, roundworm eggs are everywhere for example
- Heartworm is less common but deadly
- While Fleas have always been common and ticks are increasing in numbers
When should I prevent parasites?
- At least from June to November every year for adult animals
- Puppies and kittens need to start deworming when they are two weeks old
- Year round prevention is recommended for many pets in high-risk situations such as boarding kennels or travel to the southern US
Where should I buy my parasite prevention?
- Your veterinarian has the most knowledge of current risks, your pet’s health and the best access to safe suppliers
- Beware of counterfeit products and canine products which are toxic to cats if you buy online or in a pet store
Why do I need to test for parasites if I use prevention
- There is no one product that gets every parasite?
- People forget to give doses
- And Pets spit out or wash off medications
How do I choose a product?
- Some pets, like wiggly greedy young labs are easier to give an oral product
- Dogs with picky appetites or food allergies are better suited to a topical
- Your pet’s lifestyle and your budget are the final factors to consider, protection from more types of parasites typically costs more money
- There are lots of products and lots of parasites, we look at every patient individually and make a recommendation based on all these factors