At Mountain Animal Hosptial we know that your pets are part of your family and, if your like us, they probably share your couches, beds, and even countertops at times. Unfortunately this means that they easily have the potential to share more than just love and snuggles with us. To ensure the health of every family member its important not to forget about these microscopic and disease causing bugs.
Intestinal worms and other intestinal parasites can cause severe disease in cats and dogs, especially puppies and kittens. Many of them also have the potential to infect people. Young children, elderly and immunocompromised (those with weakened immune systems) people are most at risk. In order to prevent your pet and your family from becoming infected we recommend you talk to your veterinarian about setting up a parasite prevention plan. Every pet and family will have different risks to consider and these risks will likely change from year to year. We strive to revisit and adjust the plan with you yearly at your pet’s annual comprehensive exam. However, you can make an appointment anytime to discuss and set up parasite prevention measures for your pet.
Individual intestinal parasites of the dog and cat are listed below. Simply click on the parasite name to learn more.