Parasite Prevention and Control

There was a time when parasites like fleas, ticks, and roundworms were considered mostly a nuisance. Now, however, we know that parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease and fleas can transmit tapeworms.  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 eventually death if left untreated. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, can even cause disease in humans.

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You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites so let us help you. 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, we can recommend tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites.

 

Our staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites.  Some of these products include: