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Parasite prevention for puppies
11 June 2024
Parasite Prevention for Puppies
There are many different parasites that can cause sickness in your puppy and it is important to start the prevention early. Common parasites include heartworm, intestinal worms and external dog parasites.   Heartworm prevention Heartworm disease is a serious disease that can cause severe lung disease and heart failure. The risk of puppies getting heartworm disease is equal to that of adult dogs. Puppies can be started on a heartworm preventive starting from 8 weeks of age. The dosage of a heartworm medication is based on body weight. There are different heartworm preventives that you can give to your puppy such as monthly chewable tablet, monthly spot-on product or a sustained-release injectable preventive that is available for dogs over 6 months of age. It is important to give heartworm prevention on time as a missed or late given medication can leave your puppy unprotected. Consult your veterinarian if a heartworm test is needed prior to starting heartworm prevention.   Intestinal parasites prevention Hookworms, tapeworms, roundworms and whipworms are the most common worms found in puppies. Worms can cause diarrhoea, anemia and weight loss. Puppies can be dewormed every 2 weeks until 3 months of age, starting at 2 weeks old. Then once a month from 3 to 6 months of age and repeat every 3 months after 6 months old for life.   Flea and tick prevention Fleas and ticks are very common in Hong Kong. They can cause a variety of conditions from skin disease, allergies and to severe anemias. It is important to use effective products that can control flea and tick infestation. Dogs that go to tick-infested areas are at higher risk. There are different products such as spray, spot-on and tick collar. Please consult your veterinarian for more information regarding which product is suitable for your pet.   If your pets are in an emergency or if you have general inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact Veterinary Emergency Centre (VEC).   General Hotline: 2334-2334 24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 6828-6620

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Cat Deworming
12 December 2023
Cat Deworming
Preventing Infections and Transmissions Many pet owners often wonder if their cats need to be dewormed. In fact, cats frequently get infected with parasites, especially when they are young. Therefore, regular deworming for cats is crucial to effectively eliminate intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, and heartworms, ensuring the health of your cat and reducing the risk of human infection.   Primary Transmission Routes of Parasites   Maternal Transmission: When a mother cat carries parasites during pregnancy, these parasites can be passed on to the kittens through the placenta.   Transmission during Nursing: If the mother cat has parasites, she can also transmit them to the kittens during nursing.   Environmental Cleanliness: Regularly clean the areas where your cat spends time. After rain, it is important to remove excessive water outside to prevent mosquito breeding.   Ingesting Infected Fleas: Cats can ingest infectious eggs or larvae while eating or drinking water.   If a cat becomes infected with parasites, it may exhibit symptoms such as gastrointestinal discomfort, coughing, weakness, weight loss, anemia, or bloating in kittens. If you notice any of these symptoms or suspect your cat is infected, seek veterinary care. Additionally, regular deworming can help prevent parasite infections.   Methods of Deworming Cats   There are various deworming products available on the market, each with different usage instructions:   Oral Treatment: Kittens should be dewormed monthly until they are six months old, and then every three months to six months for cats over six months.   Topical Spot-On Treatments: Apply a deworming treatment once a month. Tidy up cat's hair to expose the skin and apply the treatment between the shoulder blades. The medication will gradually penetrate the skin.   If you have any questions about deworming your cat, consult your veterinarian for guidance and follow their instructions.   Additionally, there are some daily measures you can take to help protect your cat from parasite infestations:   Regular Health Check: Schedule regular veterinary health check, including parasite screenings, to detect and treat parasite infections early.   Maintain a Clean Environment: Regularly clean your cat's bedding, litter box, and scratching posts to reduce the chance of parasite infestation.   Avoid Contact with Infected Animals: Avoid allowing your cat to come into contact with infected animals, especially stray cats or dogs.  

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