Associated Veterinary Clinic

165 South Douglas Street
Ripon, WI 54971

(920)748-5144

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Deworming recommendations

Associated Veterinary Clinic feels it is important that your pet is dewormed on a regular basis.  The following are recommended guidelines for routine deworming for cats and dogs:

 

Puppies and Dogs:

         A fecal floatation test to detect intestinal parasites is recommended with each puppy visit and then

               once a year.  Parasite eggs (and some parasites) are microscopic and can not be seen without

               this special test.  Not every pet will have symptoms and can contaminate your yard quickly when

               they go undetected.   Intestinal parasites can also be transmitted to humans with

               immunocompromised individuals and small children being the most at risk.

 

         Heartworm prevention is recommended once a month year round for both heartworm prevention and

               controlling intestinal parasites.  We require a heartworm test each year to ensure the medication is

               doing its job (a yearly fecal and heartworm test is required to qualify for the guarantee from the

               company that makes the medication).  Our heartworm tests also test for three tick born diseases -

               see section on tick borne diseases for more information.

               http://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/canine-heartworm.html

 

Kittens and Cats:

         A fecal floatation test to detect intestinal parasites is recommended with each kitten visit and then

               once a year.  Parasite eggs (and some parasites) are microscopic and can not be seen without

               this special test.  Not every pet will have symptoms and can contaminate your yard/litterbox quickly

               when they go undetected. Intestinal parasites can also be transmitted to humans with

               immunocompromised individuals and small children being the most at risk.

 

         Heartworm prevention is recommended for cats as well, once a month year round for both heartworm

               prevention and controlling intestinal parasites.  Cats have some natural immunity to heartworms but

               if they do get it - it can be much more devastating early in the disease than dogs. 

                        http://www.heartwormsociety.org/pet-owner-resources/feline-heartworm.html

 

         If heartworm prevention is not used and the cat goes outdoors then minimally deworming every three

               months is recommended.  If your cat is indoors only then minimally once a year fecal and/or

               deworming is recommended.

 

 

These are the basic recommendations based on the Center for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/animals.html) and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (http://www.petsandparasites.org/index.html) recommendations for parasite control and zoonotic (diseases transmitted to humans) parasites.