Pet Parasite Prevention
Pets can become infected with a variety of different parasites that can not only drain their nutrients, but also can cause diseases. All Pets Animal Hospital & 24-Hour Emergency Care can provide the guidance needed to protect pets with the safest and most effective products available.
The heartworm is a parasite transmitted by mosquitoes. As its name implies, it lodges in the heart and lungs of the dog or cat that it infects. While treatment options exist for dogs, heartworm infections leave permanent damage in the pet’s heart and lungs. For cats, there is no approved treatment to date.
Fortunately, there are preventive medications for both dogs and cats. All Pets Animal Hospital recommends that dogs are tested once a year to make sure they are free of infection and that they remain on preventive year-round. Cats are tested only if they present symptoms that suggest they are infected, but they also should be on preventive year-round.
Worms that lodge in the intestines of dogs and cats can get into their system through foods they ingest, contact with infected animals, or even through contact walking through an infected area. All Pets Animal Hospital & 24-Hour Emergency Care recommends regular parasite screening and deworming.
Many of our heartworm preventives also deworm dogs and cats. Our veterinarians will guide you to the products that are most effective and safe for your pet.
Fleas and ticks not only cause itching and discomfort, they also can spread disease both in pets and in people.
Fleas can spread bacterial diseases, such as cat scratch fever and plague bacteria. They can also carry immature tapeworms and cause skin infections and allergic dermatitis in pets. Although fleas can be eradicated once there is an infestation, prevention is the most efficient course of action. Our veterinarians and staff can advise you on the many products we carry for flea prevention.
Ticks carry diseases such as Lyme, Rickettsia, and Ehrlichiosis, so if your pet is going to travel to an area that has ticks, please be sure you check with our doctors for the best protection. Ticks are extremely difficult to eradicate once an infestation occurs, and control requires a professional exterminator. Prevention is the key and our veterinarians and staff can advise you on the best product for your pet. More information on tick prevention and control can be obtained on our helpful links page.
Many heartworm preventives also protect against fleas and ticks. Our veterinarians will guide you to the most effective and safe products for the breed, age, and size of your pet. For an in-depth discussion, please refer to our helpful links page for flea and tick prevention and control.
Preventing parasites from harming your pet is just one of the services All Pets Animal Hospital & 24-Hour Emergency Care can provide. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.