Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasite prevention is very important for your pet! Parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your pet’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten pets and are even transmissible to humans.
Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health. You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all. Fortunately, there are tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We urge you to have an a fecal analysis and heartworm test for your pet every year. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites.
Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets and family. Please call us to talk about how you can prevent your pet from getting parasites!