Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

Get the Facts on Kitten Deworming

When you bring your kitten to his or her first appointment with the veterinarian, besides plans for spay and neuter services and vaccinations, your vet may want to discuss deworming. Because cats are prone to picking up parasites, it can help helpful to administer deworming treatments before symptoms appear to stop the parasites from doing damage to your kitten’s health. Here are the facts kitten parents need to know about deworming.

Deworming protects your kitten’s health.

Ideally, all cats who are breeders should receive regular deworming to prevent passing parasites on to their kittens. If your kitten came from a breeder, you may be able to verify whether his or her mother was sufficiently dewormed. If your kitten came from an animal shelter, you will not able to verify his or her mother’s health. Being exposed to so many other kittens and cats in the shelter system, including strays, can dramatically increase your kitten’s risk of contracting intestinal worms and other parasites. However, even if your cat came from a breeder, deworming the mother doesn’t completely prevent an intestinal worm infestation. Because worms can cause significant health problems, and because some intestinal worms are also infectious to people, your veterinarian will likely recommend deworming in almost every instance, regardless of your cat’s background or symptoms.

Multiple deworming treatments are needed.

Your veterinarian may recommend multiple deworming treatments for your kitten, to treat for different kinds of worms and to ensure that all of the worms your kitten does have are eliminated. As your kitten grows older, your veterinarian will make deworming recommendations based in a number of factors, including whether your cat spends any time outside.

You should report signs of worms to your veterinarian.

Even if your kitten has received deworming treatments, it is still important to be vigilant about reporting any symptoms to your vet. Call the pet hospital if your kitten has diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite, or a distended belly. Fast treatment could safe your kitten’s life.

The vets at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group provide preventative care at every stage of your cat’s development to help him or her stay healthy for life. Find out more about the services at our animal hospitals in Dallas and McKinney by calling (972) 239-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas or by calling (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney.

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