Lake Pine Animal Hospital - Kitten Care 101: Parasite Prevention and Treatment

Safeguarding Your Kitten from Common Parasites

Parasites are a common concern in kittens, but they can be effectively managed with proper care and prevention. Understanding the types of parasites and the necessary precautions can help you keep your kitten healthy and happy.

Common Parasite Concerns in Kittens

Intestinal Worms:

  • Roundworms: Often contracted from the mother's milk. A stool sample examination can detect worm eggs.
  • Tapeworms: Commonly acquired from swallowing fleas.
  • Prevention and Treatment: Periodic deworming is recommended, especially for outdoor cats. Safe and effective flea control products are crucial, and kittens as young as six weeks old can start preventatives. The most effective products require a veterinary prescription.

Ear Mites:

  • Tiny parasites living in the ear canal, especially common in kitten litters.
  • Symptoms include intense scratching and black, dirty material in the ear canal.
  • Diagnosis involves examining material from the ear canal under a microscope.


  • Caused by Dirofilaria immitis, transmitted through infected mosquito bites.
  • Reside in the heart or large blood vessels.
  • Diagnosis is through a heartworm antibody or antigen test.
  • Year-round, once-monthly heartworm prevention is strongly recommended for all cats.

Protecting Your Kitten from Parasites

  • Regular Veterinary Check-Ups: Essential for early detection and treatment of parasites.
  • Preventative Care: Includes monthly preventatives for fleas and heartworms.
  • Safe Product Use: Ensure all flea products are labeled safe for kittens, particularly those under four months.

We're Here to Support Your Kitten's Health Journey

Owning a pet is a delightful and lifelong responsibility. At Lake Pine Animal Hospital, we're committed to providing you with the support and guidance needed to ensure your kitten's healthy development.

Your kitten's well-being is our priority at Lake Pine Animal Hospital.

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