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Heartworm is detected by analyzing stool samples.

The adult heartworm is a parasitic worm that inhabits the heart chamber. It is not found in the intestine and is not eliminated in feces. To test for heartworm, your veterinarian will recommend an annual or semiannual blood test. There are several different methods of analyzing the blood sample. Prevention is even more important for […]

Intestinal parasites always cause diarrhea and vomiting

In many cases, the presence of intestinal parasites is tolerated by the “host” animal. The worms thrive, robbing the infested dog nutrients. Meanwhile eggs are released through the feces to extend the cycle of infestation to other potential hosts. The animal may not have any signs of gastrointestinal inflammation and may not even appear sick. […]

Intestinal parasites affect only young pets

Parasitic worms in the digestive tract are usually (but not always) orally transmitted in the form of microscopic eggs. This can occur from direct contact between individuals, such as between a mother animal and her offspring or between animals when they groom or lick each other in greeting. The transmission of parasite eggs can also […]

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