Parasite Detection and Prevention

Our doctors recommend annual screening for external parasites that includes a visual examination for fleas and blood testing for heartworm infection and tick-borne diseases. Yearly fecal testing is also recommended to detect intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia.  Many companion animals living in DuPage, Cook, and Will Counties are exposed to a variety of wildlife, regularly visit dog parks, or spend a good amount of time enjoying the outdoors, so year-round parasite prevention is important.  Even indoor pets or those that spend a very short amount of time outside are susceptible to parasites and year-round preventatives reduce the chance of diseases, some of which are transmittable to humans.