November 19, 2019
Why Should We Regularly Deworm Our Pets?
Our dogs and cats can carry worms in their intestines that can lead to health problems such as diarrhea, anaemia, stomach ache or swollen stomach and skin problems. Worms rob our pets of important nutrients. The worms our pets carry can also spread to humans, particularly children. Fleas also carry worms so keep your pets free of fleas with regular flea treatments. Signs that your pet may need deworming are blood in their stool, diarrhea, weight loss as well as discomfort near the anal area. Your pet may lick excessively around the anal area or scoot their hindquarters. Fortunately deworming our cats and dogs is easy!
When should we deworm
Dogs and cats older than 6 months should be dewormed every 3 months. Puppies and kittens at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Thereafter 3-monthly.
How should we deworm
Deworming your pet is easy and as simple as administering a deworming tablet. Some deworming medication now come in tasty chewable tablets.
ASK YOUR VET. Your vet will recommend the correct dosage and type of administration for your dog or cat. Size, weight and age determine the dosage.
Some pet owners prefer to deworm their animals naturally with healthy food and food types such as grated carrots or cucumber, fermented veggies ground pumpkin seeds, papaya and garlic. A few good recipes are available on the internet or ask your vet about a holistic approach towards deworming your pets. Do not feed your pet raw offal which could be infected with worm cysts.
First, be kind.
- Clean your pets’ food bowls after every meal.
- Keep your pets flea and worm free.
- Your pet should always have access to clean water.