Internal parasites can negatively affect your cat’s health. They are easy to diagnose and treat with the proper diagnostic tests. Preventative deworming is recommended for all cats on a yearly basis.
What are some types of parasites found in cats?
Many different types of parasites can be found in cats, but some of the more common ones are tapeworm, roundworm and hookworm.
If my cat has worms, what symptoms should I look for?
Symptoms of internal parasites in cats can include unthrifty coat, weight loss, loose bowel movements and parasites in feces.
Are worms dangerous to humans?
Some internal parasite, such as roundworm can be transmitted to humans. Generally, young children or elderly people are more susceptible. Always take caution when handling feces or cleaning litter. Precautions can include wearing gloves or mask and always washing your hands after any contact with feces.
What is the deworming schedule?
Deworming for kittens or cats with active parasite infections may include multiple doses of dewormer several weeks apart. For indoor cats, a yearly dose of dewormer is recommended. If your cat travels outside for any period of time or is known to hunt small animals like mice or birds, deworming is recommended up to 4 times a year (every 3 months).
Are there any side effects from deworming medication?
Generally, no side effects are observed after deworming is administered. However, gastrointestinal upset may occur. If vomiting or diarrhea are observed, please contact our medical staff for further instruction.