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Intestinal Parasites VS Heartworms
The average lifespan of heartworms in untreated pets is 5-7 years in dogs and 2-3 years in cats
It only takes ONE mosquito to infect your pet, EVERY pet is at risk, even if they only go outside to potty.
It costs only $80-$125 per yer to prevent heartworms with a once a month chewable tablet.
It costs anywhere from $1500-$2500 to treat heartworms, and even then the treatment is VERY risky.
Even if a pet is on year-round prevention EVERY pet should be tested once a year for heartworms to be safe.
Animals infected with heartworms will not show signs until the disease is very progressed, meaning your pet has had heartworms for months.
There are 4 common intestinal parasites that pets can easily come in contact with: Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms.
All of these common parasites are "zoonotic" meaning humans can catch them.
Not all intestinal parasite
can be seen with the naked eye, some are microscopic which is why we recommend an annual intestinal parasite screen.
Most puppies and kittens are born with some sort of parasite which is why we recommend de-worming every puppy and kitten at least twice.
Tapeworms can ONLY be contracted from Fleas. Meaning, if your pet has tapeworms, it also has fleas.
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