Administer year-round broad-spectrum parasite control with efficacy against heartworm, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks, particularly those with zoonotic potential.
Administer preventive flea and/or tick products year-round.
• Conduct annual physical examination with complete history.
• Conduct annual heartworm testing in dogs and periodic testing in cats.
• Feed pets cooked or prepared food (not raw meat) and provide fresh, potable water.
• Conduct fecal examinations two to four times during the first year of life and one to two times per year in adults, depending on patient health and lifestyle factors.
• Administer anthelmintic treatment to puppies at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age, followed by administration of a monthly preventive.
• Administer biweekly anthelmintic treatment to kittens between 3 and 9 weeks of age, followed by administration of a monthly preventive.
• Treat nursing bitches and queens along with their offspring.
If optimal year-round heartworm preventive/intestinal parasite products are not used:
• Deworm puppies at 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks of age.
• In kittens, begin biweekly anthelmintic treatment between 3 and 9 weeks of age and then again monthly until 6 months of age.
• Test for heartworm status yearly in dogs and/or before starting preventive medications.
• Tailor parasite prevention programs to parasite prevalence and pet lifestyle factors.
All information listed above if from CAPC website (petsandparasites.org)