We have relatively few problems with internal
parasites as compared with the rest of the country because of our lovely
weather in the summer. It gets hot enough to kill man and beast and it
does when it comes to roundworms, hookworms, and other types of worms.
Pets can get tapeworms when they eat a flea containing the intermediate host. We also have occasional problems with
protozoan parasites like coccidia and giardia. Different kinds of internal parasites require different kinds of de-wormers. We always recommend checking puppies and kittens for worms by examining a specially treated stool sample under the microscope.
Yearly fecal exams are a good idea. We will recommend a stool exam for all pets with diarrhea so just plan on bringing one with you if your dog is going to be examined and has diarrhea. We don't have much heartworm
disease here but if you travel with your dog anywhere like Phoenix or
San Diego then heartworm preventive is recommended. Puppies 6 months or less can be started without testing for heartworm. Older puppies or dogs that are more than 2 weeks overdue will need to be tested prior to taking the preventative.