Heartworms can be prevented using either an injection, oral medication, or topical product. As treatment of heartworms is often not successful, prevention is always the best course of action. Keep in mind that “all wormer” treatments are only for intestinal worms and will not treat heartworms.
Intestinal worms in dogs and cats can be treated regularly with topical liquids which are placed directly on the pet’s skin. These kinds of treatments are usually applied once per month.
Treatment for fleas is often included in products that also focus on heartworms and intestinal worms. Take note that the chemical pyrethrin in some flea treatments is toxic to cats.
It is possible to buy products which will protect your dog from ticks, as well as fleas. As tick treatments for dogs often contain chemicals which are fatal to cats, make sure only to use tick-prevention products which are specifically made for cats.
Mitcham Pet Hospital can help with all of your parasite treatments for your pets.