Pro­tect­ing Your Pet From Par­a­sites

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS -

(NAPSA)-Pet own­ers now have an easy way to pro­tect their pets from the un­pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence of a tape­worm in­fes­ta­tion. How do you know if your dog has tape­worms? Tra­di­tional test­ing meth­ods use a stool sam­ple (fe­ces) to de­tect many par­a­sites, in­clud­ing hook­worms and round­worms. But if your dog has tape­worms, this test will of­ten be neg­a­tive. In most cases, the di­ag­no­sis is made when you see these seg­ments crawl­ing ei­ther on the fresh stool sam­ple or on your dog’s rear end. But what do they look like? Well, bits of tape­worms are most com­monly com­pared to cu­cum­ber seeds or grains of rice,

Pre­scrip­tion prod­ucts can just wig­glier. When they dry out, the tape­worm seg­ments

pro­tect your dog from tape­be­come hard and yel­low­ish in color (think sesame seeds)

worm in­fes­ta­tion. and may stick to the hair, fur or even your pil­low. New re­search from Auburn Univer­sity shows that tape­worm in­fec­tions in dogs may be much more wide­spread than pre­vi­ously rec­og­nized. The new test­ing meth_od in­di­cated that 45 per­cent of over 1,000 pet dogs tested pos­i­tive. Ear­lier stud­ies placed that av­er­age at 1 per­cent preva­lence of tape­worms found in dogs. Most tape­worm in­fec­tions oc­cur when your dog eats a flea or small mam­mal that car­ries an early stage of the worm. They are not di­rectly trans­mit­table to you (un­less you eat fleas and small mam­mals), and most tape­worm species cause min­i­mal health prob­lems, with a few ex­cep­tions. “Since win­ter has been mild across the coun­try, we can ex­pect to see an in­crease in par­a­sites, with fleas and wild an­i­mals bring­ing in a va­ri­ety of prob­lems,” states Dr. Heidi Lobprise. “Even when you are pro­vid­ing flea con­trol on your pet, it’s dif­fi­cult to con­trol ev­ery pest in the en­vi­ron­ment, so you need to be aware that dis­eases such as tape­worms can still be trans­mit­ted.” How can you pro­tect your dog? For­tu­nately, with a lit­tle knowl­edge and one easy step, you can keep heart­worms, tape­worms and other worms from rear­ing their ugly heads. Pre­scrip­tion prod­ucts avail­able from your lo­cal vet­eri­nar­ian like IVERHART MAX( ® ) (iver­mectin/pyran­tel pamoate/praz­i_quan­tel) Chew­able Tablets can help. IVERHART MAX Chew­able Tablets are a once-monthly pre­ven­ta­tive that can help treat and con­trol round­worms, hook­worms and tape­worms. Con­tact your lo­cal ve­teri­nary clinic and you can start pro­tect­ing your dog to­day; or to learn more, log on to www.vir­bacpets.com or www. pet­sand­par­a­sites.org.

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