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Best Deworming Treatment for Pets

 08/09/2021

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Even when pet owners take good care of their animals, worms might be tough to avoid. Due to malnutrition or blood loss (anemia), a severe worm infection might be lethal for a puppy.

At first look, an infected adult dog may appear entirely normal and worm-free, yet it could still be contaminated. When a worm has had enough time to proliferate and take over a body, symptoms such as a dry, dull coat, diarrhea, and weight loss will appear.

The Four Most Common Worms That Affect Pets Are:

  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Whipworms

Spirocerca Lupi Worm!

Please keep the Spirocerca Lupi worm in mind. This worm is becoming more common in South Africa, particularly in Durban and more recently, Gauteng.

These worms cause tumors in the body, most commonly in the oesophagus, making it difficult for dogs and cats to swallow food and drink.

To avoid illness, owners must use pills like Milbemax or spot-on treatments like Profender on a monthly basis

Signs That Your Dog or Cat May Be Infected

Worms are infrequently passed through the feces of pets and if they do, they can be difficult to detect. Tapeworm is most likely when they are visible.

Tapeworm segments, which resemble rice grains, are expelled with the feces. These worms are more evident in the feces than others and can also be detected in and around the animal's anus.

Other signs of a worm infestation include:

  • Stools with blood
  • Appetite loss
  • Anemia (pale gums and eye membranes)
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of weight
  • Inadequate development in a puppy or kitten
  • Pot-bellied appearance
  • Coughing
  • Loss of vision
  • Epilepsy

The Most Effective Preventative Measures

BudgetPetSupplies has multi-purpose products for the treatment, each with a list of worms that they help prevent.

  • Milbemax for roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms
  • Drontal for hookworms, roundworms (ascarids), whipworms and tapeworms
  • Revolution for fleas, ticks, mange, heartworms, roundworms, lice & ear mites
  • Triworm for roundworms (ascarids), hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms
  • Advocate for fleas, mange, heartworms, ear mites and also for the prevention of Spirocerca Lupi worms

When Should I Deworm My Pet?

Deworming your dog or cat should begin with a visit to your veterinarian. Adult dogs and cats should be dewormed every 3-4 months and puppies and kittens should be dewormed every 3 months.

It is also important to deworm family members at least once a year, particularly if you have pets - please consult your doctor or pharmacy about deworming medication for yourself.

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