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  • Parasites, Your Pet, and YOU
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    It is important for your family to stay safe. The following precautions can help keep your best friend and your family safe from parasites:

    • Remove your pet’s feces from your yard as often as possible, and dispose of it properly.
    • Have your pet tested routinely. Your veterinarian will recommend a schedule based on your pet’s age, health, and time spent outdoors.
    • If your pet is infected, follow your veterinarian’s recommendations for treatment and follow-up testing.
    • Ask your veterinarian whether a broad-spectrum deworming medication is appropriate for your pet.
    • Restrict your family’s access to potentially contaminated areas.
    • Don’t let your pet drink out of the toilet or eat raw meat.
    • Maintain good personnel hygiene. In particular, thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water when you are done cleaning up after your pet, and make sure children wash their hands when they come in from outside and after playing with pets.

    How often should I test my pet for parasites

    Remember, prevention and routine fecal testing are the most effective ways to protect your pet and your family against intestinal parasites. Help keep everyone in your household safe and healthy. Talk to your veterinarian today!

    • To control intestinal parasites to should follow the following fecal testing schedule:
    • Two to four times per year for puppies and kittens
    • One to two times per year for adult dogs and cats receiving broad-spectrum heartworm preventive medication
    • Two to four times per year for adult dogs and cats NOT receiving broad-spectrum heartworm preventive medication
    • More frequent testing depending on lifestyle factors and your pet’s health