Intestinal Parasite Prevention
Parasites include, but are not limited to:
- Giardia *
- Hookworms *
- Roundworms *
- Toxoplasmosis *
Remember all cats and dogs should be offered a HWT and a fecal!
It is fairly common for a dog or a cat to become infected with an internal or external parasite at
some point in its lifetime. Parasites can affect your dog or cat in a variety of ways, ranging from simple
irritation to causing life-threatening conditions if left untreated.
* Some parasites are zoonotic which means they can infect and transmit diseases to people.
(> 10,000 cases documented in the USA /year).
Prevention is simple
- Conduct fecal exams 1 -2 times per year on adult healthy pets.
- Some Heartworm preventatives are also broad-spectrum anti-parasitic drugs with activity against intestinal
zoonotic diseases. Use them year round to help control parasitic infections in your pet.
- De-worm your pet at least once a year.