Puppies and kittens infected with hookworm may start to exhibit symptoms by two weeks of age. The most common ones include:
- Malabsorption of nutrients
- Protein deficiencies
- Stunted growth
- Reduced energy
- Low body weight
- Blood in the stool
The website Pets and Parasites recommends that puppies receive de-worming medication from a veterinarian when they are two, four, six, and eight weeks old. This is due to the high percentage of puppies who already have this intestinal parasite. Heartworm prevention products for older dogs prevents this worm as well, so a separate hookworm protocol is not normally necessary. Your puppy should have a fecal examination up to four times during the first year of life and one to two times annually once he becomes an adult.
A positive diagnosis of hookworm can only be made from a stool sample. It can take a few weeks for the parasite to start shedding eggs, which is why early treatment for puppies and kittens is so important. Your pet then needs to complete a course of medication to kill adult worms in the intestines. The final step is to bring your dog or cat back to Grantsburg Animal Hospital or Wild River Veterinary Clinic to have their stool checked again. We will either give you the all-clear or discuss additional treatment options.
Our clinics carry Interceptor Plus, a monthly chewable for dogs that prevents heartworm disease. It also treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. We also have Drontal Plus Chewables for dogs for treatment and control of roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. For cats, we have Drontal tablets for treatment and control of tapeworms, hookworms, and roundworms. We also have Profender for cats, a topical solution that treats and controls hookworm, roundworm, and tapeworm infections.
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