• Prevent worm Infestation

    When it comes to worms, out of sight should never be out of mind. Eggs can survive for years in the soil where dogs and children play. Unlike fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, there are no set seasons to be on the alert for — making worm prevention a year-round proposition.

    Monthly preventive treatment.
    Give your cat or dog a regular, monthly de-worming product, making careful note of your pet’s size and weight. Remember, if drugs are misused, they can harm your pet! ALWAYS look at the label of any drug product you use and follow directions carefully. Do not use products for dogs on cats. There are also several different types of products to treat worms if an infestation does occur.
    Monitor bathroom habits.
    Watch where your dog and cat go to the bathroom. If it’s in the backyard, remove feces at least once a week. Check feces for tapeworm segments that contain their eggs and examine the area under your pet’s tail for signs of these “rice-type” flecks.
    Practice good sanitation.
    Be sure to keep your yard clear of pet feces and cover children’s play areas such as sandboxes. Wash hands frequently and make sure your pet is groomed regularly. Keep pets away from other animals that may have worms such as mice, rabbits and even other dogs and cats — as well as their feces.
    Watch your pet.
    Dogs and cats are members of the family, each with their own routines and habits. Be aware of any changes in your dog or cat such as changes in appetite or activity, coughing or strength as they can all be signs that something is amiss.
    Visit your vet.
    It’s good to get into the habit of making worm prevention part of your dog’s or cat’s regular preventive routine with your veterinarian. By examining a fresh stool sample, your vet can alert you to the presence of any eggs to diagnose the type of worm infection and prescribe the right course of treatment.
    Protect yourself.
    Worms are a health threat to people, too. So be sure to protect yourself by being careful when you pick up feces out on walks or in your yard. Wear gloves when you change kitty litter. Make sure encourage everyone in your house to do the same — especially any children.