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Did you know dogs and cats are favorite nesting grounds of several groups of worms & a few species of single-cell parasites? 
 
These disgusting creatures include intestinal worms, heartworms, and single-celled specimens, such as coccidia and giardia. Parasites are commonly found in most parts of the country, even Utah.
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Roundworms         Tapeworms        Hookworms           Giardia

Where would my pet get these parasites?

Common locations include: dog parks, our yards, sandboxes, hiking tails, streams, puddles, and even potting soil of indoor plants.

5016anopheles_mosquito.jpgOften dogs and cats eat rodents and birds. New puppies & kittens can have parasitesheartworms.jpg from their mothers. Daily our shoes track in things from outdoors, so even indoor pets are not safe. Mosquitos that spread heartworm can live indoors as well. 

The danger is that our family and especially children can contract pet parasites. Children often put their fingers in their mouths without washing their hands. Parasites will infect us by invading eye tissue and skin, causing irreversible blindness and tissue damage. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 3-5 million people contract pet parasites each year! This is entirely preventable. 
 
Our pets are now family members, sharing our home and beds.
 
Not only can pet parasites harm us, but they also harm Fluffy and Felix. Pets may or may not have diarrhea, weight loss, a dull hair coat, intestinal pain, difficulty exercising, or may not even be detected at all.
 
Naturally, before we can treat parasites in pets, we need to identify if and what. A fresh stool sample and a blood screening will detect any problems. This will allow us to deworm any of these parasites. We will also consult you on potential sources of such parasites and recommended treatment to eradicate them.
 
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