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.
- 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.