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Parasite Prevention and Control

Intestinal Parasites: A part of wellness care is getting and keeping our pets free from any intestinal parasites. Puppies and kittens are the most susceptible, but any dog or cat can become infected. The most common intestinal parasites are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. There are single-cell organisms such as coccidia and Giardia that are common among pets too. Be aware that people can contract intestinal parasites from pets and contaminated environments. We recommend preventative deworming of puppies and kittens and then continuing with monthly prevention throughout the lifetime of every pet. Running a yearly fecal test for parasites on each pet helps assure us no infection has developed.

Heartworm Infection: A known risk in all 50 states to both dogs and cats is the deadly heartworm disease. The state bird, the mosquito, transmits infected larva that can develop into adult worms that migrate to the heart and lungs of our pets. Infection can be prevented by using monthly medication year-round. Annual testing of all dogs is recommended to assure that the pet remains negative.  

External Parasites: Using quality products to prevent external parasites helps to maintain a healthy status for our pets. Minnesota and the surrounding states have high population of a variety of ticks. Both ticks and fleas are common vectors for spreading infection and disease. You should use a monthly flea/tick preventative from early spring until late fall.

Here are links for more information regarding parasite prevention and control:

Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC)

Parasite prevalance map