Internal and external parasites can be a serious problem for pets and their owners. Not only can parasites pose a major health risk to your pet, but they can spread to you and your family as well. It is important to control parasites in your pet to protect your family. Even healthy pets are at risk of acquiring parasites. We recommend that pets are kept on heartworm preventative year round and flea and tick preventative 9 of 12 months.
Annual heartworm testing is recommended by the manufacturers of Heartgard to ensure that no doses were missed (or vomited up from the pet) and that the pet did not incur heartworms as a result. If annual heartworm testing is performed annually and your pet is on Heartgard year round and an annual fecal exam is performed, the manufacturer will pay for treatment of round worms, hook worms and heartworms should your pet test positive for any of these.
Types of Parasites
Intestinal parasites include four common worms and a few species of microscopic protozoan. The most common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Coccidia, toxoplasmosis and giardia are a few varieties of the protozoa.
External parasites include fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. These parasites not only cause discomfort, scratching, and skin infections but they can also transmit several serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babeseosis, Tularemia, Typhus, Plague, Hemobartonellosis, and more.
It is important to have a fecal sample checked twice a year for the presence of eggs or parasites. Dogs that have a lot of contact with other animals, that frequent dog parks, kennels, boarding facilities, and groomers, or have abnormal feces, should have a fecal checked more frequently. Once we identify the specific parasites, the proper treatment can be started. With regular examinations and testing, we can help protect your pet and family against internal and external parasites. Call us today to review parasite life cycles with you and discuss treatment options.