What are internal parasites?
Internal parasites are organisms that live within an animal, obtaining their nutrition at the expense of the animal. Internal parasites are often called “worms”. Some common parasites are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, heartworm and tapeworms. Animals are also susceptible to coccidia and giardia, one-celled organisms that upset the digestive process. Internal parasites live in the heart or intestinal track causing poor health, illnesses and discomfort. Internal parasites can be life threatening if left untreated; for example, heartworms can cause heart failure.
How do I know if my pet has internal parasites?
Parasites can be found in the feces of your pet. Some types of parasites can be found in the pet’s bedding and around the anus. Because many parasite infections do not involve observable symptoms, it is important to visit your veterinarian regularly. Roundworms can cause a pot-bellied appearance in puppies and poor growth. Some signs of other types of internal parasites in your pet include a decrease in appetite, bloody stools, diarrhea and/or a decrease in activity level.
Please have your animals tested! We offer on-site lab services to identify all internal parasites. You can drop off or mail a fecal sample to the clinic. You may also bring your pet in for a heartworm screening test.
Heartworm tests are 50% off this month! We are also offering heartworm preventative medication at 20% off! Please call the office to schedule an appointment.