Real Parasite Threats to your Pet in this area

By Dr. Emily Hoppmann

Roundworms: This is a parasite is transmitted through dirt
(breathing in the eggs left behind by feces of other pets or wildlife)
and can cause liver and lung damage, overall poor health, diarrhea and
can lead to death.
o Contagious to people
o Intestinal Parasite Screening (fecal float) to test
o Treatment available for current infection
o Eliminate the threat by monthly heartworm prevention

Whipworms: This is a parasite that is transmitted through dirt
(breathing in the eggs left behind by feces of other pets or wildlife)
and can cause weight loss, diarrhea, and even death in small pets due
to loss of blood
o Intestinal Parasite Screening (fecal float) to test
o Treatment available for current infection
o Eliminate the threat by monthly heartworm prevention (not
killed with certain preventions, so if you have a whipworm
issue we may switch to a different prevention)

Hookworms: This is a parasite that is transmitted through dirt
(breathing in the eggs left behind by feces of other pets or wildlife)
and can cause loss of blood, weakness, diarrhea
o Contagious to people
o Intestinal Parasite Screening (fecal float) to test
o Treatment available for current infection
o Eliminate the threat by monthly heartworm prevention

Tapeworms: This is a parasite that is transmitted through eating a
flea, (small amount come from eating rabbit feces or raw meat) and
can cause intestinal obstructions, irritation around anus from itching,
diarrhea, vomiting.
o Some species contagious to people
o Intestinal Parasite Screening (fecal float) to test or you may see
the segments around the anus or your home and they look like
grains of rice
o Treatment available for current infection

o Eliminate the threat by monthly flea prevention. Some
heartworm preventions will also control tapeworms if you are
having a problem.

Coccidia: This is a parasite that is transmitted through dirt (breathing
in the eggs left behind by feces of other pets or wildlife) and can cause
bloody diarrhea, vomiting, poor growth in puppies and kittens.
o Intestinal Parasite Screening (fecal float) to test
o Treatment available for current infection
o No preventative to give so it is very important to have fecal
done every 6 months and treat infection

Heartworms: This is a parasite that is transmitted through a single
bite by an infected mosquito and can cause congestive heart failure,
weight loss, and death.
o Heartworm test primarily done to see if there is an infection,
further work-up needed to see how bad the infection is
o Treatment available for current infection through immidicide
injections over the course of 3 months
o Eliminate the threat by monthly heartworm prevention
o Heartworm prevention will not cure a dog if infected, it just
keeps them from getting additional worms. Heartworms can
live up to 8 years in dog and will be damaging the heart/lung
the entire time
o Seen in indoor only cats and dogs, as well as dogs and cats that
go outside

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