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January 11, 2013

Paw Prints: Keep pets safe during chilly weather


Gastrointestinal parasites, such as roundworms and hookworms, can be problematic for both four-legged and two-legged family members. Humans, especially children, are at risk when exposed to these parasites. Severe problems, such as permanent vision loss, can result.

These worms can infect your pet regardless of the outdoor temperature. But their risk of transmission increases as the ground thaws. To protect your family and your pet, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends testing for these worms at least annually, and preventing them monthly. The good news is that most monthly heartworm preventives are multi-purpose and also help prevent these zoonotic worms.

Jack Frost likes to play cat and mouse games with winter weather. Enjoy the fun, and be snug and secure with Fido and Fluffy.


Dr. Heidi Bassler practices at Bassler Veterinary Hospital ( She hosts a radio show, “Your Pet’s Health,” every Sunday morning at 8:30 on AM-1450 WNBP. Do you have questions for Dr. Bassler? Send them to

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