We follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for pet deworming.
Internal parasites shed only intermittently, and so do not always show up in a fecal exam. Because of this, it is recommended to do both fecal testing and deworming for your pet once a year. It may be necessary to treat some animals more frequently. The most common parasites are roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. Most kittens and puppies are born with roundworms and hookworms because these parasites can cross the placenta from the mother to the unborn babies. Signs of roundworms and hookworms are bloating, weight loss, and diarrhea. In the case of hookworms, the diarrhea is often bloody. Both roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans, which can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening disease. Tapeworms are usually obtained from ingesting infected fleas, but can also be transferred by the ingestion of infected rodents. Dogs and cats can also contract other internal parasites, such as giardia, coccidia, and whipworms.
Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease that is transmitted from mosquitoes to dogs and cats. Heartworm disease can be found in all 50 states, even Washington. At Helping Hands, we believe that all dogs and cats should be protected from this disease. The treatment for this disease is painful and expensive, but prevention is easy and cost efficient. The products that we use for heartworm prevention are given monthly and protect against heartworms as well as other more common parasites.