Pets can have both internal and external parasites. Unfortunately people can share these same parasites. It is important to control parasites in your pet to protect your family.
Intestinal parasites include four common worms and a few species of microscope protozoan. The common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Coccidea, toxoplasmosis and giardia are some of the protozoa. It is important to have a fecal (stool) 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.
External parasites include fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. These parasites not only cause discomfort with scratching and skin infections but they can also transmit several serious diseases (Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Erlichiosis, Babeseosis, Tularemia, Typhus, Plague, Hemobartonellosis, Bartonellosis (cat scratch fever) and more.
Let us examine your pet for both internal (fecal exam) and external parasites. We can review parasite life cycles with you and discuss treatment options.
We can help protect your pet and your family. Call today and find out how.