Parasite Control & Prevention

A proactive approach to prevent dangerous parasites from infecting your cat or dog.

You can't always tell when your cat or dog has parasites. Some of these critters attack from the inside so you won't always see the itching, scratching or hives to indicate that something is wrong. If a parasitic infection isn't caught early, it can be deadly for your loyal companion. Considering the age, breed and medical status of your cat or dog, our team can establish a prevention plan to keep them safe. This plan will include different techniques to boost their immune system such as a monthly prescription of preventative medication.

How often will my cat or dog need parasite prevention?

Your cat or dog will need parasite prevention all year-round. Parasites will always be a threat to your loyal companion so your veterinarian will create a prevention routine that is tailored to your canine or feline pet. It is extremely important to keep up with the prevention routine as any missed or late doses can leave your cat or dog vulnerable to an infection. There are different forms of preventatives to protect your loyal companion; our veterinarian may prescribe a broad-spectrum medication that offers protection from various parasites. To learn more about parasite prevention for your loyal companion, give us a call at 705-325-4224.

What parasites can infect cats and dogs?

Cats and dogs are susceptible to two types of parasites: internal and external. Internal parasites are more life-threatening because they can damage internal organs and in many cases the signs of an infection show up much later. Internal parasites include coccidia, heartworm, tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm. External parasites are also dangerous because they can lead to illnesses like Lyme disease. They include mites, fleas and ticks which usually cause skin problems.

Where can my cat or dog get parasites?

No matter how vigilant you are of your surroundings, parasites are tricksters that can hide easily. Your cat or dog may be exposed to parasites even while staying inside. Some parasites will be attracted to dry and warm areas inside your home where they can hibernate for the cold months. Here are some ways in which your feline or canine pal can get parasites:

  1. From contaminated soil
  2. Playing or hunting in grassy or heavily wooded areas
  3. From parks, daycare or boarding
  4. By eating fleas or cockroaches
  5. Through their mother's milk
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