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Know How Often to Deworm Dogs and Cats

Pet Care Tips 3 min read
Photo of a female vet caring for a puppy to represent how often to deworm dogs and cats.

There are a few misconceptions about how often to deworm dogs and cats, and the first one revolves around age. The truth is furkiddos are prone to parasitic activity at any stage of their life. The recommended deworming cycle, either with vet-prescribed medication or natural support, will depend on the following aspects:

Parasites Can Affect Pets of All Ages

Though younger animals can be more prone to internal parasites, older pets are not immune to these issues. Factors like your family’s lifestyle, your pet’s environment, the food they eat, and even the climate will affect the chances of your little one having worms.

Though younger animals can be more prone to internal parasites, older pets are not immune to these issues.

For example, outdoor animals with access to your cat can pass on their parasitic activity. Doggos that join you on camping trips or hikes can also pick up a parasite during one of these adventures. 

Lastly, most parasites are partial to warmer climates, so extra attention is needed during the Spring and Summer. That also means that the further South one travels, the more exposed your furkiddo can be to internal worms. 

Overall, however, these are the main causes of parasitic infections in dogs and cats of all ages:

  • Puppies and kittens can get worms from their fur mama’s breast milk.
  • Younger pets can get a parasite infection from their mother’s womb. 
  • Animals of all ages can get infected by ingesting something that is contaminated. 
  • Carried by hunting prey animals that your pet might bring home (more commonly with cats). 
  • During their walks outside or when interacting with other pets in the park.
  • Mishandling of raw or partially cooked food. 

How Often to Deworm Dogs and Cats Proactively

Image of an outdoors ginger cat to illustrate the factors to be considered when deciding how often to deworm dogs and cats.

Lifestyle and age will affect how often to deworm dogs and cats, but all animals need protection from parasites. To be on the safe side, veterinarians will most often recommend deworming medicine to your pet from time to time. However, if you are looking for a more gentle alternative, Inulin-PK herbs work together as a natural pet deworming support.

Lifestyle and age will affect how often to deworm dogs and cats, but all animals need protection from parasites.

Younger pets are most vulnerable to worms and parasites as they explore the world by putting everything in their mouth. For proactive support, a half dosage of Inulin-PK can be given twice daily as soon as your pet is fully weaned until their fourth month of life. In the next two months, they can take the full recommended dosage continuously.

After that age, how often to deworm dogs and cats will depend on how often they go outside and interact with other animals. We suggest using Inulin-PK four times a year for the most active pets. This means giving the supplement in cycles of 1-month use, twice daily, every three months. For exclusively indoor animals or those with a more sedentary life, Inulin-PK can be proactively given in cycles of 1 month every four months.

Natural Parasite Infection Support

Taking your pet to the local vet is the first step if you suspect your little one has a parasite. A specialist will need to examine your kitty or pup and provide you with a vet treatment plan. Adding natural support, like our NHV Inulin-PK can also help address symptoms associated with parasitic activity, such as indigestion, excess gas, and stomach cramps.

If you have a confirmed diagnosis, we recommend adding Inulin-PK twice daily to your little one’s food for 1-3 months or until the infestation is fully resolved. Our supplements are gentle and safe for long-term use as long as the recommended dosage is followed.

The time it takes to notice the herbal benefits of natural supplements depends on the little one’s unique physiology, metabolism, and condition. That is why combining the vet-prescribed medication, for immediate relief, with Inulin-PK can go a long way.

If your beloved pet has a particularly persistent or severe parasitic infestation, we also recommend our NHV Milk Thistle and NHV Multi Essentials supplements. Milk Thistle aids with overall liver health and functions. With more severe parasitic cases, this organ can be overwhelmed, so this formula may assist in balancing liver function.

Multi Essentials would be beneficial, as parasitic activity can result in a nutritional void. Many worms take all their nutrients from your little one’s system, not allowing your pet to absorb vital minerals and vitamins from their food. Our Multi Essentials may aid in filling these gaps.

We hope this has helped answer your question about how often to deworm dogs and cats. Please reach out to our team of pet experts with any other concerns about your little one. We are always happy to give personalized recommendations based on your furkiddo’s needs. 

Vet Assistant Setti

Vet Assistant Setti

Setti completed her Bachelor’s degree in General Sciences with a double major in biology and anthropology from Simon Fraser University in 2017. After struggling with her own dog’s misdiagnosis, Setti found her passion for helping animals and pet parents. She completed the pre-veterinary medicine program at Dalhousie University in Truro, Nova Scotia, in 2018. Setti worked as a Vet Assistant in veterinary clinics for three and a half years before joining the NHV Pet Expert team.

Published: April 14, 2023

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