Protecting your pet from contagious diseases is one of the most important ways to care for your pet. Vaccinations against contagious and deadly diseases such as rabies, canine parvovirus, canine distemper, canine corona virus, canine Bordetella, feline leukemia, feline distemper and other serious diseases is vital to keeping your pet healthy. We offer annual exams and vaccinations assistance to help you in identifying small problems before they become major concerns. These annual visits allow us to conduct a comprehensive physical exam, including intestinal parasite testing.
Testing (Heartworm and Intestinal Parasites)
There are many types of parasites that can infect your pet. Parasites go through several life stages before emerging as adults and often need at least two hosts to complete the cycle. We offer testing and treatment. Below is a list of some of the more common parasites.
- Heartworm - A mosquito serves as the intermediate host for the larval stage of the worm. The mosquito ingests the larva when it bites an infected dog and deposits its cargo in an uninfected dog when seeking another blood meal. Once they reach adult form, they travel to the right side of the heart through a vein and await the opportunity to reproduce. Adult heartworms can reach 12 inches in length and can remain in the dog's heart for several years. Heartworm infection is usually detected with blood tests.
- Parasitic Worms - Dogs and cats are victims of several internal parasites frequently referred to as worms. The most common are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Of these four only two can be seen in the stool with the naked eye: roundworms and tapeworms, and these may not be seen until they reach adulthood. The others are only detected after examination of the stool under a microscope. This is precisely why a stool sample is often required in order to discover which parasite is present; the presence of these worms' eggs can often only be detected microscopically. We can detect and treat parasitic infections in your pets through stool sample checking.