Parasites & Heartworms

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Roundworms*
Also known as ascarids, these parasites
small intestines of affected dogs, and the
infective eggs are shed in the feces.  Can
cause GI upset, gas, and diarrhea.

Hookworms*
These dangerous, blood-sucking parasites
live in the small intestine of affected dogs
and can cause severe anemia due to blood
loss.  Stools may be loose and dark.

Whip Worms
Most commonly associated with diarrhea
in affected dogs, this parasite lives in the
large intestine.

Tapeworms
Usually not harmful but quite disgusting,
these rice-like segments are seen under the
tail.  Pets are infected by ingesting fleas.

Giardia*
A common protozoal organism often
associated with diarrhea in puppies that
have consumed contaminated water.

Coccidia
Another common protozoal organism
that can cause diarrhea and GI upset.

Heartworms
Transmitted by mosquitos, all dogs are
at risk of this fatal disease.  To prevent
infection, protect your dog with monthly
heartworm prevention, such as
Heartgard Plus, YEAR ROUND.
Ask us for details.

*These parasites are zoonotic, which means people can become infected too!  Dispose of feces properly and hygienically and be sure to wash hands thoroughly!