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pet-parasite-preventionThis August, we are celebrating parasite prevention! Did you know that there are over 50 different types of internal and external parasites that your dog or cat may pick up? The best way to avoid contact with these parasites is by treating your pet preventively and proactively.

Heartworm prevention, flea and tick preventatives, as well as deworming are just a few of the tools pet owners can implement for their pets to make sure they are protected. Making sure your pet is current on heartworm testing, tick screening, as well as checking a stool sample at least one to two times yearly (and up to four times a year for puppies and kittens) are all measures pet owners can take to help protect their furry friends from harmful parasites.

August is a great time to have your pet checked before summer is over! Stool samples check for intestinal parasites and are sent out to a lab to be analyzed. Results are typically available the next day. A heartworm test with a tick screening is done at the hospital with a quick blood draw and results are ready in 10 minutes.

Call us at (847) 299-0135 to schedule an appointment, or to find out which parasite preventative products are best for your pet.

Learn more about parasites and protecting your pet from the Companion Animal Parasite Council.