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Dog Parasite Prevention and Treatment FAQs

When to Start Parasite Prevention

  • Start deworming and flea prevention for your puppy between 6-8 weeks of age. Heartworm prevention should follow soon after.

Types of Parasites

  • Intestinal: Includes worms like roundworms, hookworms, and protozoan parasites like Giardia.
  • External: Most commonly, fleas, ticks, ear mites, and lice.

How to Diagnose Parasites

  • External: Usually visible. Additional tests like skin scrapings may be required.
  • Intestinal: Typically diagnosed through fecal sample analysis.

Importance of Immediate Care

  • If you suspect your pet has parasites, seek veterinary care immediately. Some parasites can also infect humans.

Treatment Options

  • Oral Medications: Sentinel, a monthly pill, prevents worms and flea infestations.
  • Topical Medications: Bravecto, effective for three months against fleas and ticks.

Treatment for All Pets in Home

  • If one pet has parasites, all pets in the household should be treated to avoid further transmission.

Parasites and Human Transmission

  • Some parasites can transfer from dogs to humans. Proper hand hygiene can mitigate this risk.

Effectiveness of Natural Treatments

  • Natural or over-the-counter remedies are generally ineffective and can be risky. Consult a vet for an appropriate treatment plan.

Home Prevention Measures

  • Use prescribed preventatives to keep your pet parasite-free. In case of a severe flea infestation, frequent vacuuming is advised.