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Parasite Prevention and Control

Expert Insights on Safeguarding Your Pets from Unwanted Guests

Combating Parasitic Threats: Effective Measures for Protection and Management

Many people assume dealing with parasites is just a typical aspect of having pets, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to advancements in veterinary care, it’s now simpler and more cost-effective to shield your beloved pets from parasites. This means less discomfort and distress for your furry friends, ensuring they lead happier, healthier lives.

Common Pet Parasites

A variety of parasites can impact our pets, falling into two main groups: those that live inside the body, known as internal parasites, and those that reside on the outside, referred to as external parasites.

Internal Parasites

Worming your pet is vital to manage internal parasites like tapeworms and roundworms, which can lead to symptoms from abdominal pain to lethargy, often transmitted via infected fluids or food. Heartworms, spread by mosquitoes and residing in vital blood vessels, can be deadly due to their subtle symptoms and severe consequences, making their prevention a critical aspect of responsible pet care.

External Parasites

Fleas and ticks, notorious external parasites, feed on your pet’s blood and can cause issues ranging from anemia and intense itching to transmitting serious diseases like Lyme disease. Their bites, apart from being irritating, can lead to significant discomfort and health complications for your pet.

Parasite Prevention For Your Pet

Our skilled veterinary team is here to guide you through the myriad of options available for parasite prevention, tailoring solutions that perfectly fit the unique needs of your pet. We’re dedicated to helping you choose the most effective and suitable methods to keep your furry friend healthy and parasite-free.

Monthly Preventatives

Preventatives, ranging from monthly pills and topical treatments to collars, each come with their pros and cons. However, timely administration every month is crucial, as even a slight delay can expose your pet to the risk of a parasitic infection.

Preventative heartworm Injections

Heartworm prevention now includes 6-monthly or 12-monthly injections, available exclusively through veterinarians. These professional administrations ensure your pet receives the full dose, greatly enhancing the effectiveness of the preventative treatment.

Annual heartworm Testing

Our veterinary team emphasizes the importance of annual heartworm testing for your pet, as early detection is key for successful treatment, especially since symptoms can take six months to emerge. Additionally, routine health checks include screening for other parasites like worms, detectable through a stool sample.
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