One of the most common ailments in domestic animals is worms. These internal parasites are highly recognized in puppies and kittens. The most common worms that infect pups and kitties are hookworms and roundworms. To keep your pets free from harmful infection of intestinal worms, check on the schedule below as recommended by The American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists.

Puppies
  1. Start treating your pup with branded dewormer every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 2 weeks old.
  1. Continue with once a month from 3 to 6 months of age.
  1. After 6 months, follow adult recommendations. Also, start heartworm preventive after six months of age, which is effective against hookworms and roundworms.
Kittens
  1. Start deworming treatment on your kitty every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 3 weeks old.
  1. From 3 to 6 months of age, treat once a month.
  1. On completion of 6 months, follow adult dosage.
Nursing Dams
Dosage of deworming treatment for lactating bitches and nursing queens is same as puppies and kittens.
Adult Dogs
  1. Treat adult dogs regularly considering the exposure to parasites. Keep your canine on year round heartworm preventive.
  1. For other gastrointestinal worms, check with your vet and provide treatment accordingly. Two to four times a year take your dog for test so you can give him proper deworming treatment.
Adult Cats
  1. Similar to adult dogs, treat your cats with deworming medications checking the parasitic infection.
  1. For other intestinal worms, treat with dewormers according to worms tested by your vet. Combination of different flea and tick treatment and deworming medication is used to control roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms including Hydatid tapeworms.
Bitches and Queens
  1. Treatment with dewormers needs to be scheduled once prior to mating and once at birthing. For lactating dams, stick to the schedule as mentioned above, same as kittens and puppies.
Newly acquired animals
  1. For new pets brought home, acquire deworming schedule from the previous owner. Deworm your new dog or cat immediately and then repeat for the next 2 weeks, and continue with the mentioned schedule.
Newly Adopted Street Animals
1.   Street animals are heavily infested with intestinal worms and other types of parasitic infection. Start deworming treatment immediately.

  1. Take your pet to a vet and according to his advice put your pet on deworming management treatment.

Numerous monthly worms preventive are available in the market that helps to control and prevent harmful worm infection in pets. These medications when given on timely basis help to protect pets from infestation to lead a healthy life.