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Worming Schedule for Puppies, Dogs, Kittens and Cats

Worms are probably one of the most common ailments of puppies and kittens but can be cured. Hookworms and roundworms are the most common worms found in puppies and kittens. This is a guide for deworming as recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.
Worming Your Puppy Worming Your Kitten
Puppies:
  • Every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 2 weeks old

  • Once a month from 3 to 6 months of age

  • After 6 months, follow adult recommendations. Also after six months, use a heartworm preventative medication that is effective against hookworms and roundworms.
Kittens:
  • Every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 3 weeks old

  • Once a month from 3 to 6 months of age

  • After 6 months, follow adult recommendations.

Adult dogs and cats: Treat regularly, taking into consideration the exposure to parasites.

Bitches and Queens:
Once prior to mating Once at birthing Lactacting bitches and queens should be treated concurrently with puppies and kittens.

Newly acquired animals: Obtain the deworming schedule from the previous owner. Worm immediately, then repeat after 2 weeks, then follow the listed guidelines.

There are several products which can be purchased without a prescription. Nemex-2 and D-Worm for dogs will be effective for roundworm and hookworm in dogs. Drontal Tablets for Cats will work for treating tapeworm, roundworm and hookworm in cats. It is always a good idea to consult with and have your puppy or kitten checked by your veterinarian.

There are several prescription items, Droncit Canine, Panacur Granules, Drontal Plus Taste Tabs for Dogs and Drontal Plus Tablets for Dogs which can be recommended. After your puppy or kitten reaches the appropriate age, there are a number of products which can be prescribed or purchased over the counter which need to be taken monthly to prevent a parasite affecting your puppy or kitten. This is only a partial listing of products used for treating worms infecting your pet.

It is also important to treat your dog for fleas. Fleas are a vector for the tapeworm. They can carry the tapeworm form one host to the next. Be sure to treat your pet for fleas on your pet and also treat your pet’s environment for fleas. See Control Fleas in 3 Easy Steps.

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