May 19, 2017

Spring Pet Care

 

Spring/Summer Pet Parasites.

Worms: They’re nasty.

 

If it was the Wizard of OZ, every spring we might chant

“Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, Oh My!”

Not to mention Fleas and Ticks.

Click Here for Spring Discounts on Worm Preventatives, Exams, and more from Alpine!

These are common intestinal parasites that should be expected at least once or twice in your pet’s lifetime. More when there is a lot of contact with other potentially infected animals and feces. These worms can be transmitted to humans as well.

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Round Worm Eggs — Passed in Feces

 

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Hookworms live and suck blood in the intestines.

 

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Whipworms–also intestinal parasites

 

Spring is when these parasites begin to find your pets. Typically through contact with soil where infected animals have defecated, or contact with infested feces.

If your dog or cat is in a “heavily trafficked” area, you are particularly at risk.

Fun Facts About Worms:

  • A pet with worms can pass them to humans.
  • Worms must be treated effectively, or they will thrive and multiply and can cause serious health problems.
  • Check your pet for worms by bringing a stool sample to your vet a once or twice a year.
  • Kittens and Puppies can inherit worms from their mother. They should be checked and treated at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks.
  • Heartworms are fairly rare in East Idaho, but can occur and are a serious threat to your pet if left unchecked.
  • Heartworm Preventative Medications will treat and kill several types of worms. An annual regimen of preventatives is your best bet against worms.

Alpine Animal Hospital is committed to helping you maintain your pet’s health affordably. We have spring specials on parasite control medications, vaccinations, blood tests and wellness exams now through May 31st.

Spring parasite control treatment and updated vaccinations can make a huge difference for your pet.

Call 237-1111 with questions or to book appointments.

Visit our online pharmacy to purchase discounted meds specific to the season.