Parasite Control

Parasites are unwanted, disease spreading creatures that steal their food and energy from a host animal to survive. They are uncomfortable, unpleasant, and even dangerous.

Sadly, parasites are one of the most common problems that affect pets. But this does not have to be the case, because they are easily preventable and in most cases, easily treatable.

Some of the most important steps you can take to prevent an infestation of unwanted invaders from taking hold on your pet include the following:

  • Regular grooming, including baths and brushing
  • Year-round preventative medication, which we conveniently carry in-house and through our trusted online store
  • Regular veterinary check-ups, which allow our veterinary professionals to catch outbreaks as early as possible
  • Careful checking of the skin and coat after spending time outside (in particular, checking for ticks)

Preventing your pets from parasites is not only important for their health and comfort, but it is also key to protecting you and your family. Some parasites, such as roundworms, are zoonotic and can affect people. Other external parasites such as fleas and ticks can also cause disease and leave itchy or painful bites on humans. Pets are apart of the family, but if parasites are not treated proactively, their presence on your pets can put the rest of the family at risk too.

To protect yourself, children, and other loved ones from parasites, follow the above steps to avoid them, and make sure that your pet’s feces is not near any areas where children might play, and ensure that children wash their hands after playing with the family pets.

The most common parasites we see inflicting our patients include,

  • Fleas are one of the most common, and likewise commonly despised, parasites. They are insects that bite their victims to consume their blood. And if that isn’t bad enough, they spread disease. In fact, the bubonic plague, or black death, was most likely spread by fleas according to many experts. Ensuring that your pet is on a preventative year-round can prevent fleas from entering your home.
  • Ticks also bite their victims and consume their blood. They are most often contracted after the pet spends time outside, so checking your pet’s skin and coat carefully after outside play time can help prevent them. They can also spread harmful diseases such as Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis.
  • Intestinal Parasites live in the digestive tracts of animals and can slowly starve them to death by stealing their nutrients. As previously mentioned, some of these unwanted parasites can also be spread to humans. Preventative medicine and yearly fecal exams help to effectively prevent intestinal parasites.
  • Heartworms are transmitted by mosquito bites. First, larvae enters the bloodstream and over time develop into foot-long worms that invade the vital organs and blood vessels. Signs of infection are subtle, but the disease is fatal. For this reason, we recommend continuous, year-round preventative medication. Dogs are natural hosts, but cats can also be infected.

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