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Parasite Testing

With proper testing and the administration of preventative medication and measures, most common parasites can be effectively controlled or eliminated.

Internal parasites are those that can invade your pet’s gastrointestinal tract or other internal organs such as their heart. They include but are not limited to:

  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Heartworms
  • Giardia
  • Coccidia

Puppies and kittens often acquire gastrointestinal parasites from their mothers. Therefore, it is important that you bring a sample of their stool with you when you come to Pet Haven for their first visit so that it can be analyzed for the presence of parasites.

Some gastrointestinal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms have the potential of infecting people. This makes it even more important to make sure that your pets are properly diagnosed and treated.

If your pet is having diarrhea, please remember to bring a stool sample with you when your pet comes to Pet Haven for an office visit. The stool sample should be the most solid portion available as this will increase the chances of diagnosing parasites if indeed they are present. Please also keep in mind that other types of infections and factors can also cause diarrhea.

The recent introduction of the product Trifexis (dogs only) makes control of Heartworm, Intestinal Parasites (roundworms, hookworms, whipworms) and Fleas as simple as giving one tablet a month.