Parasite Prevention

Has something been bugging your pet lately? For parasite prevention, we recommend 

annual testing

and monthly preventative measures to all of our pet patients.

Intestinal Parasites

Whether your pet is an indoor or outdoor pet, any pet can be affected by intestinal parasites. The eggs of these parasites can be tracked into your home via the soles of your shoes, or could accidentally be brought in through that new plant you just purchased, so treating and preventing infestations before they happen is paramount. It’s important to note that these parasites can also affect you as well!

External Parasites – Fleas & Ticks

We all know them. Fleas and ticks are common parasites found on dogs, cats and other mammals. They can cause itching, hair loss, allergies, anemia, skin infections and can even transmit intestinal parasites. Talk about double whammy! Fleas and ticks can be transmitted in endless amounts of ways. Whether it be another animal, your yard, patios and balconies, open windows, or even your clothing, year-round prevention is especially important for your pets. Remember: The key to flea and tick prevention is monthly administration. Without consistent monthly administration, your pet will be susceptible to fleas. A flea problem on your pet means a flea problem in your home. Fleas spend a small percentage of time on your pet, and the other large part of their life cycle integrating and reproducing in your environment, putting your pet and yourself at risk. The good news is, we can help! Your veterinarian can come up with a safe and effective parasite prevention and if necessary, parasite treatment plan for your pet.

Heartworms

Mosquitos aren’t just pesky to humans. They can also be carriers of heartworms that pose a threat to your pet as well. Heartworms are a common and potentially deadly parasite that affect both cats and dogs. Symptoms include coughing, intolerance to exercise, lethargy and sudden death. Prevention and early detection are key to combating heartworms year-round.

COMMON HEARTWORM FAQS

Heartworm disease is inoculated into your pet’s bloodstream by a bite from an infected mosquito and migrate to the heart. As adults they grow to 6-8 inches long and live in the heart.

The short answer is mosquitoes. Not all mosquitoes carry heartworm, but once a mosquito has bitten a heartworm positive animal, it can spread to the animal that it feeds on. Many times, a mosquito may feed on the blood of a coyote, a fox, or other canines. Which is why our pets need continuous preventatives, as carrier mosquitoes could increase at any time.

In the early stages, many dogs may have no symptoms. However, the longer the infection persists, the more likely you’ll see your dog develop symptoms. Here are some of those symptoms:

  • Mild cough
  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Fatigue after moderate activity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss

There are a few ways that heartworms can be detected and diagnosed. 

The primary way it is diagnosed is based on blood tests. 

The short answer: PREVENTION! PREVENTION! PREVENTION! 

Administering a consistent prevention as recommended by your veterinarian. There are a few things that you can do to keep mosquitoes away from your pets, such as using screens or keeping windows and doors closed or limiting any stagnant water, the most effective option is keeping up to date on preventative. 

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