Deworming Schedule for Dogs & Cats: A Comprehensive Guide - Wagr Petcare

    Deworming Schedule for Dogs & Cats: A Comprehensive Guide

    As a pet parent, the health and well-being of your furry companions will always come first. Deworming, an important aspect of preventive care, plays a major role in safeguarding your pet from the harmful effects of parasitic worms.

    Dogs can get worms at different times in their lives, even before they're born, whereas cats can only get infected after birth. These worms or internal parasites, can cause issues in your pet's stomach. At times, your pet might show signs, but this is not always the case. That's why deworming is important, whether to prevent problems or treat them.

    Since our pets can be at risk at any age, vets recommend deworming at timely intervals These include regular check-ups and medicine. This helps get rid of any existing worms and stops new ones from causing trouble in the future.

    deworming schedule for cats and dogs

    Types of Worms and Their Transmission

    Parasitic worms are a common threat to both dogs and cats. These uninvited guests can reside in various parts of the animal's body, causing a range of health issues. The most prevalent types of worms include:

    • Roundworms: These intestinal parasites are transmitted through contact with contaminated soil or faeces. Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible.

    • Hookworms: Hookworms attach to the lining of the small intestine, causing blood loss and anaemia. They are typically transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated soil or through the mother's milk during nursing.


    • Tapeworms: Tapeworms are flat, ribbon-like worms that reside in the intestines. They are often transmitted through the ingestion of infected fleas or other intermediate hosts.

    • Whipworms: Whipworms are thread-like worms that inhabit the large intestine. They are transmitted through ingestion of contaminated soil or faeces.

    Deworming Schedule For Puppies/Dogs

    Age Range

    Deworming Frequency

    2 to 12 weeks At 15 days - first dose; Repeat every 2 weeks
    3-6 months Once every month
    Older than 6 months Every 3-6 months

    Deworming Schedule For Kittens/Cats

    Age Range

    Deworming Frequency

    3 to 12 weeks Every 2 weeks
    3-6 months Once every month
    Older than 6 months Every 3 months (Once every month for outdoor cats)

    Note: Always consult with your vet before starting deworming treatments. The schedule for cats and dogs may vary depending on breed, age, health, and lifestyle.

    Signs of Worm Infestation

    While some worm infestations may go unnoticed, certain signs can indicate a problem, including noticing worms in your pet's stool, or around their bottom and tail. Other signs include:

    • Weight loss: Unexplained weight loss, despite adequate food intake, can be a symptom of worm infestation.

    • Diarrhoea: Frequent diarrhoea, sometimes with blood or mucus, can signal the presence of worms.

    • Scooting: Scooting or rubbing the hindquarters against the ground is a common sign of tapeworm infestation, as the worms irritate the anal area.

    • Coughing: Coughing can indicate lungworm infestation, particularly in puppies.

    Importance of Timely Deworming

    Regular deworming is essential for several reasons:

    • Preventing health complications: Worms can cause a range of health issues, from nutrient deficiencies and anaemia to stunted growth and even death.

    • Protecting your pet's overall well-being: Deworming promotes optimal health and vitality in your pet, ensuring they can enjoy a fulfilling life.

    • Preventing the spread of worms to humans: Some worms, such as roundworms and hookworms, can also infect humans, making deworming a crucial public health measure.

    Deworming puppies and kittens on a regular schedule ensures we prevent worms before severe infection sets in. Keeping up timely prevention as adults plus prompt treatment when symptoms arise helps pets stay happy, healthy and worm-free for life!

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