Internal Parasites can
Many puppies are born with internal parasites or become
infected shortly after birth. Roundworms
and hookworms can cause severe, sometimes life threatening disease in the first
few weeks of a puppy’s life. Left
untreated, these parasitic worms can contaminate your yard with huge numbers of
eggs and larvae. A single female
roundworm, for example, can lay up to 100,000 eggs per day. These eggs can survive in the soil for years
before they infect humans and pets.
People, especially children, can be exposed to animal
parasites when they work or play in contaminated soil or sand, then
accidentally put dirty hands in their mouth.
Parasitic worms can cause severe illness, even death, in
puppies. In humans, parasitic infections
range from mild intestinal upset to visual impairment. According to a March 2000 survey of
pediatricians, 73% of responding pediatricians see cases of pet-to-human zoonotic diseases each year. Parasitic infections most often seen were
caused by roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms.
At Pearson’s Animal Hospital we offer yearly fecal exams to
check for internal worms. The procedure
is very quick and inexpensive. Please
call us to make an appointment at 598 2512.
We’re always available, for you, for your pet. We realize that your pet(s) are often part of
the family. It’s our duty and pleasure
to help you enjoy your family. Call us! We’d love to be of help. That’s what we do!