Deworming Services for Pets

Medication to prevent potentially fatal parasitic diseases in cats and dogs.

At some point in your pet's life, parasitic worms could wiggle their way into their bodies. Parasites can cause a variety of harmful diseases, ranging from acute illness to prolonged disease. Some worms are too microscopic to see without a microscope, so searching your pet's poop won't help you find them. Regular deworming is the only way to get rid of these pests.

What kinds of worms infect pets?

Worms often live inside your pet's intestines, which is usually the first place we'll try to find them. Before your pet's routine wellness exam, we could ask you to bring in a stool sample so we can test it. Alternatively, we can also take a stool sample during your pet's appointment. Once we have the stool sample, we use a microscope in our in-house laboratory to examine for worms or eggs. Some of the most common worms that infect pets include:

  • Roundworms
  • Whipworms
  • Hookworms
  • Tapeworms

Are parasite infections inevitable?

Regular deworming ensures your pet is free of harmful parasites that could cause health concerns. Puppies and kittens should be dewormed more often than adult pets since they are more susceptible to some parasites, like tapeworms. Even before they're born, puppies and kittens could get infected with parasites, passed on from their mother or during nursing. They should be dewormed every 2 weeks, up until they're 3 months old. After this, the frequency your pet gets dewormed depends on their risk of infection. Parasite infections can be prevented, especially if your pet is on a monthly preventive. Monthly preventives are available in the form of oral tablets, topical creams and injections. If your pet needs to have one prescribed, please contact us at 416-745-4700.

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