Intestinal worms can cause health problems in your pets and some worms can even be spread to humans. It is very important that your pet undergo annual (or more often) testing for intestinal worms. Testing for most worms is really easy – all we need is a fresh sample of your pet’s feces. If your pet has worms, we offer a wide variety of products at Riverview Animal Clinic that will eliminate the worms (‘deworming’ products). Deworming is especially important in puppies and kittens since intestinal worms can cause more harm in young patients.
Although worms in the heart (‘heartworms’) are not very common in our area, if your pet has traveled, especially if it has traveled to the southeastern region of the United States, it may have picked up heartworms. Also, heartworms are becoming more common in our area because dogs and cats that carry heartworms may move into our area and get bitten by a mosquito. That mosquito takes up the heartworm larvae and then can transmit that larvae to your pet. With a small sample of blood, we can test your pet for heartworms. Heartworms infestation can be very devastating so be sure to ask us at Riverview Animal Clinic about heartworm testing and options for prevention and treatment.
Parasite control also includes control of external parasites like fleas and ticks. Please click on our flea and tick page.
For more information on parasites and parasite control please call us at Riverview Animal Clinic (509-758-5022).
The American Veterinary Medical Association also had information at the following websites:
8 cat diseases you can prevent with vaccination and deworming https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/cats.aspx
12 dog diseases you can prevent with vaccination and deworming https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/dogs.aspx