For parasite prevention in dogs who primarily spend time outdoors, it may be advisable to evaluate stool samples every three to six months if risk of infection is high. Treatments for intestinal parasites may include one or more of the following options:
- Routine deworming in puppies
- A yearly fecal check and treatment by your veterinarian
- Fluid therapy, blood transfusion, or iron supplementation
Heartworm Disease in Dogs
Canine heartworm disease is a common condition in many regions of the world. It’s caused by a threadlike worm typically transmitted through mosquito bites that lives in the pulmonary arteries (blood vessels leading from the heart to the lungs) in most infected dogs. Dogs can be without symptoms if the infection is light or has occurred recently. However, in some cases heartworm disease can cause severe debilitation and eventually prove fatal.
Because heartworm disease is easily preventable, it has become a less common diagnosis in pets that receive regular veterinary care. Prevention of heartworm disease should be undertaken in all dogs. Use of daily medications has largely been replaced by monthly preventatives available either in chewable tablets or in non-chewable forms.
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