Parasite Prevention and Control

From the air, land, and water, your pets are susceptible to unwanted parasites that are not only a nuisance, but can also pose a very serious health threat. Companion vector-borne disease is a fancy way of saying that insects, worms, and other parasites can carry diseases, and your dog or cat makes an excellent home for these unwanted guests, if they aren't protected.

Since prevention is always preferable to treatment, there are some very simple ways to ensure that your pet is protected. This starts with routine prophylactics, typically in the form of chews or topical drops. Equally as important is a routine check of your dog or cat for any unwanted guests. Checking your pet routinely for hotspots, areas where a rash has developed and fur is lost, can be due to fleas, and lice. Ticks can be picked up by your dog even in well maintained areas. It is always adviseable to check of your dogs entire body for ticks after they have been outside, a few areas where they are most likely to be found are around the head and behind the ears, in the armpits, between toes and around paws, and on and around the tail.

For those internal parasites, namely worms, prevention is still the key. Again, routine prophylactics especially in puppies and kittens are a great head start toward keeping your pet healthy from the inside out. While you aren't able to check your pet for worms, like you would flea or ticks, you can keep an eye out for a few tell tale signs. If you notice small white objects, akin to grains of rice, either on or around your pets rear end, or in their feces, these are indicative of worms.

If you notice hotspots, ticks, or signs of worms, contact our clinic to get your dog or cat freed from these parasites and back to their healthy self.