Worm treatment, also known as deworming, involves giving pets a medication to eliminate intestinal parasites, worms or larvae from their bodies. Worms can be transmitted from the mother, before birth or while nursing, or from other sources of contamination in your pet's environment such as fleas, mice, birds or contaminated soil.
What symptoms do pets with worms have?
As the infestation progresses, it causes all kinds of physical discomfort such as abdominal pain, swollen belly, diarrhea, vomiting, blood or even worms in the stool. It can even go as far as obstructing the intestine. The best way to fight them is through prevention.
I just adopted a new pet. Should I have them dewormed?
It's important to get your newly adopted cat or dog dewormed as soon as possible, especially if you don't know its deworming history.
What are the different deworming treatments? Can they cause side effects?
Deworming treatments come in different forms: liquid, pill or topical applications. Serious side effects are quite rare. You're more likely to notice mild side effects, such as hair loss at the applied site, if you had them topically dewormed. If they have any other reactions or you have concerns, please contact your veterinary team so they can quickly address them.