Kitten & Puppy Deworming ScheduleLast updated: April 29, 2021 by the Revival Education Team
While it's not uncommon for dogs and cats to deal with intestinal parasites, especially at a young age, it's important to be proactive in preventing them from becoming a problem to begin with. The answers to the questions of how often to deworm a kitten and when to give puppy dewormer starts with following a recommended kitten and puppy deworming schedule.
Importance of Deworming Puppies and Kittens
Creating a deworming schedule for puppies and kittens is important for their overall health. Rough hair coats, diarrhea, malnutrition, intestinal obstructions, and anemia are common issues that can be signs of worms and other parasites, but you shouldn't wait to act until symptoms appear. In this guide, we'll cover how often to deworm puppies and when to deworm kittens to help keep them protected.
How to Deworm a Puppy or Kitten
Strategically deworming dogs and cats is a practice recommended by the American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists (AAVP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It generally involves giving your pet medicine orally or via a shot to help kill and prevent internal parasites.
At What Age Do You Deworm Puppies or Kittens?
Worms are more common in puppies and kittens, and they can often be born with roundworms or become infected via milk from mom. When it comes to how often to deworm puppies or kittens, here is the best kitten and puppy worming schedule to follow:What Age to Deworm Puppies and Kittens:
- Deworm at two, four, six, and eight weeks of age.
- Repeat at 12 and 16 weeks of age.
- Deworm again at six months and one year old.
How Often to Deworm Dogs and Cats (Adults)
The right cat or dog deworming schedule to follow will depend on your pet's lifestyle and environment. For example, outdoor pets will naturally be exposed to more parasites than those that live indoors only. Stick to these guidelines and adjust as necessary based on your pet's unique circumstances:
- Dogs: Twice a year for life.
- Inside cats: Once a year for life.
- Outside cats: Twice a year for life.
- Outside cats that hunt: Three times a year for life.
Deworming Newly Acquired Animals
No matter the animal's history or age, it's best to be safe and deworm the animal:
- Deworm immediately and repeat two weeks later.
- Follow the adult cat and dog deworming schedule from then on.
Treatment for Worms in Dogs and Cats
We recommend the following medicines for dogs and cats can help treat or prevent worms in your pet:
- Roundworms and Hookworms
- Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms & Tapeworms
- Tapeworm, Roundworm & Hookworms
Deworming Puppies and Kittens: What to Expect
Now that you know the recommended kitten and puppy deworming schedule, you'll be more prepared to help treat and prevent worms and parasites in your pets. If you ever suspect that your pet has worms or you notice any of the symptoms we mentioned above, be sure to speak with your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and suggested next steps.
Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health
Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival's Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.
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