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To control roundworm infections and prevent exposure, the following steps are typically taken:
1. Beginning as early as possible, we medicate all puppies and kittens for roundworms (up to 5 times at 7 to 14 day intervals), the number of treatments depending on age, previous medication and if a stool analysis is positive. Repeat treatments are necessary because the medication can only eliminate adult worms that are in the intestinal tract, not all the larval ones that may still be migrating through the body on their way to the intestines. The medications we use are effective and safe. Occasionally, if many worms are present, intestinal upset with the visible passage of war,s may occur. This program minimizes or prevents the release of roundworm eggs and the contamination of the pet's environment.
2. Older animals that go outside should have microscopic stool examinations performed yearly. Those found to have roundworms are dewormed 2 to 3 times 10 to 21 days apart, with a stool sample recheck recommended 1 to 3 months later.
3. For dogs, year-round administration of a monthly heartworm prevention that also helps to control roundworms is one of the best precautions an owner can take.
4. Good hygiene should be practiced. Puppies should have their stools picked up daily; kitty litter should have solid waste removed regularly. Any soiled rear ends should be cleaned regularly. While it is a good idea to wash hands after playing with animals, remember that any released eggs are not infectious for at least 2 weeks. Therefore, neither children nor adults will be directly exposed by just petting or playing with an animal.
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