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Due to Nova Scotia Veterinary Association (NSVMA) regulations, a veterinarian has to have examined your pet within the past 12 months in order to receive any prescription including many deworming products. Once examined, the veterinarian will give you a prescription for a dewormer best suited to your pet.
While there are parasites that are zoonotic (meaning transmittable to people), lice is not one of them. Lice are species specific, meaning lice that cats get, only infect cats. Lice that dogs get only infect dogs. You can only get lice that infect people.
There are no worms which are directly transmitted from one animal to another. They may get them if exposed to the same environment, i.e. from the same source: soil, fleas, rodents, old (not fresh) feces, or their mother during nursing. If you have animals in the same environment and you notice worms in one, they should all be treated.
Different dewormers have different ages on when they can be used. Some are safe to use at two weeks and others need to be started at 8 weeks. We can help you determine which product is best for your pet.
Just like humans, pets need to be examined by a doctor before medication can be dispensed. Examining your pet helps the veterinarian determine the best course of treatment to help relieve your pet's aliment.
It is recommended to spay and neuter at 5.5 - 6 months of age. In females, this is usually before their first heat cycle. Males can be done anytime after 6 months as long as they are not displaying signs of dominance.
Kittens and puppies get a vaccine starting at 8 weeks and then every 3-4 weeks for 2 more doses. Vaccines will be customized based on lifestyle.
I wanted to thank you again for your help last Friday. There are many animals on my farm. I love them all but I was particularly fond of little Gabby. It was only a couple weeks ago we saw her rolling in the dirt and so delighted with herself and I remember how she loved to lay on Jeff's chair and bat the tail of our other cat as she walked by. I had hoped she could have experienced more of these joys in her life.
Your skill in diagnosing and presenting her case and your compassion in helping me understand what was best for Gabby was very much appreciated.