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How do you get rid of worms?

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To get rid of worms in animals, whether they are farm animals or pets, it is best to de-worm them when they are very young, according to Revival Animal Health. Adult dogs and cats must, as a standard rule, be de-wormed twice a year for life.

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According to recommendations by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists and the Centers for Disease control, give puppies and kittens medication to get rid of worms when they are 2, 4, 6 and 8 weeks old and then again at 12 and 16 weeks. De-worm again after six months, at the one-year mark and then after every six months, according to Revival Animal Health. Bigger breed adult dogs and cats who go outside the house often require de-worming at more frequent intervals. Bitches are more susceptible to worms when they are heavily pregnant and their resistance is at the lowest. Pregnant dogs can also transmit roundworms to the litter through their milk.

It is safe to give fenbendazole to a pregnant dog. After 50 days of gestation, give the bitch a three-day course of Safeguard/Panacur to remove the maximum number of worms before the dog gives birth. When getting a new pet, de-worm the animal immediately, repeat again after two weeks, and then follow the same de-worming schedule as for other animals, according to Revival Animal Health.

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