Parasite Prevention & Control
Parasites are organisms that live on or in us or our pets. They can cause symptoms such as diarrhea, muscle aches and fever. Untreated, they can be life threatening. In Arizona, the three most common internal parasites are Coccidia, Giardia and tapeworm. Tapeworm occurs in every
1 out of 120 dogs in Arizona. Heartworms are also a problem. One study found that dogs in the West tested positive more frequently than any other except for the Southeast. Significantly, the testing was done on pets who were well cared for and had regular wellness checks.
With that in mind, we recommend scheduling regular appointments for parasite testing depending on where you live and where your pet plays. We will explain the signs of parasites to look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home and discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members as they can carry serious diseases that affect everyone’s overall health and well-being.