After giving your kitty a dewormer, she gets rid of the worms, but your dog now has them. If there is still a portion of the treat left, you may be tempted to give it to your child. But that works every time. Although it is possible that the ingredients of deworming treatments for dogs and cats are mostly the same. Active ingredients like praziquantel are currently available under different brand names. They can be found in deworming treatments for both dogs and cats.
The fact that the active principle is the same does not mean that it is a good idea to give your canine the deworming of your cat or vice versa. The difference is in the amounts of ingredients used. The dosage amount may also vary depending on the size of the pet.
There is a wide range of preventative treatments available for heartworms for dogs and cats. But while dogs can be treated with the help of an injection once they’re infected, cats can’t get the same treatment if they contract heartworm. There are certain cases, where the treatment that is effective in dogs may be poisonous to cats. Therefore, it is always the best option to let your vet suggest deworming treatments for your dog and cat instead of treating them yourself. Kitten deworming treatments are available, but heartworm treatment is a whole different ballgame. Remember, prevention is better than cure. The treatment is not only very tedious but also quite expensive.
It is also very important to understand that there are different worms that can affect your dog and cat. Therefore, never give a treatment that is specific to the treatment of a particular worm to another worm. For example; If your kitty has roundworms and your dog has tapeworms, never give him the treatment that works to eradicate roundworms to treat tapeworms. Therefore, before carrying out a deworming treatment, consult your veterinarian, who will determine the type of worm that has affected your pet and then provide the appropriate treatment and recommended doses.
The best possible way to counteract the problem of worms in dogs and cats is by taking preventative measures to prevent them from contracting any type of worm in the first place. Remember, kittens and puppies are born with worms. They get it from their mothers when they breastfeed. That’s why routine veterinary care for puppies and kittens includes treating worms. After a year, have your vet test your pet’s feces to make sure there are no worms present. Also make sure they don’t eat birds, mice, or other animals that might carry worms. Also get rid of fleas because that is the first big step in preventing worms in dogs and cats.