Parasite Detection and Prevention in your Vail Valley Pets!
Summer is just around the corner in our gorgeous Vail Valley of Colorado.
As the warmer weather sets in, we see a rise in our local pet population
Journeying back outside with their owners to enjoy all that our mountain community has to offer.
As the ground thaws, though, we begin to see a rise in the exposure rates of our pets, both cats and dogs, to internal parasites!
During your pet’s annual examination, a “fecal test” is often recommended. So many times, clients will say “but the stool looks normal so it must be ok.”
Because our grounds are so often traveled by many species of animals and pets from all over, your pets can still get parasites and carry parasites and still have a normal stool!
So, what will happen if your pet gets internal parasites ? And how do I prevent internal parasites? Where does my pet contract parasites?
IF your pet is a growing puppy or kitten, parasites can come from their mother and
And cause serious digestive upset, resulting in diarrhea and gas formation. These pets often have a “pot belly” appearance. During your visit with your Veterinarian, a “fecal float and antigen test” will be preformed , during which time the type of parasite is detected and properly treated.
For adult dogs and cats, parasites can come from feces from other animals, in addition to
Chewing grass where another pet has defecated, not to forget consuming wild animals such as deer and mice.
Again, during that annual veterinary visit, parasites can be detected with careful fecal analysis and treated appropriately.
For prevention of internal parasites , a monthly preventative which prevents against both internal parasites, and the “heartworm” parasite can be given to assure your pet stays parasite free.
For cats, a monthly pill can be given should they be consistently hunting for birds and prey.
Parasites overall can cause your pet harm. They can prevent your pet from absorbing much needed nutrients, as well as create an inflammatory environment which leads to chronic diarrhea and inflammatory bowel disease. Please have your veterinarian routinely perform a fecal test on your pet and keep your pet healthy and happy!