October 24, 2008, Newsletter Issue #259: Deworming Guidelines

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From the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these are deworming guidelines for pets:

* Puppies: Initiate treatments at 2 weeks, repeat at 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age.
* Kittens: Begin treatment at 6 weeks, repeat at 8 and 10 weeks of age.

Deworming history of newly acquired puppies or kittens should be obtained to determine whether additional deworming is needed.

* Nursing dams: Treat concurrently with pups or kittens.
* Adult dogs and cats: Treat regularly for prevention. Also monitor and eliminate parasites in petīs environment.
* Newly acquired animals: Worm immediately, after 2 weeks, then follow above recommendations.

**Be sure to have your dog check regularly for parasites such as roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia and fleas. An infestation of parasites can reduce your dogīs health. Follow your veterinarians advice on proper treatment.

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