SEPTEMBER

PARASITE AWARENESS

10% off fecal intestinal parasite or heartworm screening

​And 1-3 million people in US are infected with the same parasites carried by their pets.  Some of these infections lead to blindness, especially in children, elderly and immunocompromised individuals.

​Dogs and cats can contract intestinal parasites via different routes. Parasites are usually transmitted when an animal inadvertently ingests parasite eggs or spores in contaminated soil, water/food, feces or fleas. Intestinal parasites can be silent and cause malnourishment or show overt signs like scooting, vomiting, diarrhea.

 

​Mosquitoes can fly into your home and therefore bite/transmit heartworms. Heartworm disease left untreated causes heart and lung failure and can be fatal.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends that you keep your dog and cat on monthly heartworm/intestinal parasite prevention all year. In addition, the CAPC recommends that you have your pet's blood tested for heartworms once per year and stool tested for intestinal parasites at least twice per year. The good news is these bugs are treatable and medication is just a phone call away!