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Intestinal Parasites VS Heartworms



  • The average lifespan of heartworms in untreated pets is 5-7 years in dogs and 2-3 years in cats
  • It only takes ONE mosquito to infect your pet, EVERY pet is at risk, even if they only go outside to potty.
  • It costs only $80-$125 per yer to prevent heartworms with a once a month chewable tablet.
  • It costs anywhere from $1500-$2500 to treat heartworms, and even then the treatment is VERY risky.
  • Even if a pet is on year-round prevention EVERY pet should be tested once a year for heartworms to be safe.
  • Animals infected with heartworms will not show signs until the disease is very progressed, meaning your pet has had heartworms for months.



  • There are 4 common intestinal parasites that pets can easily come in contact with: Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms.
  • All of these common parasites are "zoonotic" meaning humans can catch them.
  • Not all intestinal parasite can be seen with the naked eye, some are microscopic which is why we recommend an annual intestinal parasite screen.
  • Most puppies and kittens are born with some sort of parasite which is why we recommend de-worming every puppy and kitten at least twice.
  • Tapeworms can ONLY be contracted from Fleas. Meaning, if your pet has tapeworms, it also has fleas.

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