The notion of our beloved pets being infested with parasites is disconcerting, but it's not just an unsettling thought; it's a significant medical concern with potentially severe consequences. Parasites, both internal and external, can compromise your pet's quality of life and, in certain cases, pose life-threatening health risks.
Common Parasites: Internal and External
Internal parasites like heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms, and external parasites like fleas and ticks, can adversely impact your pet's well-being.
Why Are Parasites Dangerous?
Fleas: These small, wingless, fast-moving insects, often visible in your pet's fur, can cause allergic reactions due to their saliva. Fleas can also transmit tapeworm if ingested during grooming. Infestations may lead to anemia, and fleas are capable of transmitting serious diseases.
Ticks: Ticks, part of the spider family, can be found both indoors and outdoors. While some tick bites cause mild irritation, others can lead to severe illnesses, including Lyme disease, if left untreated. Prompt removal by our trained professionals is crucial to limit the impact of a tick's attachment.
Heartworm Disease: Transmitted through infected mosquito bites, heartworms reside in the heart and surrounding blood vessels. Untreated heartworm infections can be fatal, making prevention crucial. Monthly oral medication is a common and effective preventive method.
When to Seek Treatment:
If your pet displays signs of flea infestation such as continuous scratching, licking, or gnawing, or if you notice flea dirt, schedule an appointment promptly.
Avoid attempts to remove ticks yourself. Seek professional help to ensure safe removal and limit potential harm to your pet.
Prevention is key. Monthly oral medication is a highly recommended preventive measure. Annual blood tests can screen for heartworms, allowing for early detection and treatment if necessary.
Prevention is Paramount:
Consult our veterinary team to determine the most suitable preventive regimen based on your pet's risk factors and health status. Yearly discussions will help identify the ideal pest control products for your pet's lifestyle. Your pet's well-being is our top priority. Schedule an appointment to discuss the best preventive measures for your furry friend.
To safeguard their health, it's essential to implement year-round preventive measures, preventing potential outbreaks and ensuring your pet stays happy and healthy.