Parasites aren't only an annoyance; because many are transferrable to humans, they pose a serious health risk to you and your family as well as your pet.

Monthly topical flea control products include Advantage (fleas only) and Advantage Multi (fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms), and Advantix (fleas and ticks). Comfortis is a once-monthly oral flea product (for dogs only) for owners who prefer a pill rather than topical application. An strictly indoor cat will probably require only occasional applications of Advantage to keep fleas at bay, while an active hunting dog may require the additional protection from ticks and mosquitos provided by Advantix. Advantage Multi is appropriate for pets that spend any time outdoors, where they will be exposed to multiple parasites. Discuss with your vet which option best serves your pet's needs.

In addition to flea control, it is recommended to have your pet tested for intestinal parasites 1-2 times a year. These common parasites include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Because some parasites can survive for years in the environment and can also be contracted by humans, it is very important to have all new pets checked and treated for parasites, and to continue with regular screening and treatment throughout the pet's life. A roundworm may lay 100,000 microscopic eggs in a day; accidentally ingesting just one might transfer the infestation to you. You can have your pet screened for intestinal parasites at any time; simply drop off a small fresh stool sample at the clinic.

CDC Zoonotic Parasites Guidelines

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