Internal parasites can cause diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, flatulence, and poor hair coat. They can also cause more serious problems, such as blindness, neurological problems, coughing, asthma, heart attack and death.
Our pets can get intestinal parasites from ingesting the eggs or larvae directly, through grooming themselves or each other, from their mothers via the placenta or the milk, or indirectly, by ingesting a secondary host such as a mouse or a flea.
Fleas can cause problems for pets ranging from minor to life-threatening. Not only can these parasites cause severe itching, irritation, and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, and rats. And fleas don’t just stay on pets; they can bite people, too
It is very important to have your dogs blood tested yearly for heartworm in April. Then once tested negative, we can start your canine companion on heartworm prevention for the remainder of mosquito season.
Ticks are becoming a much bigger threat every year. Ticks become active even in the middle of winter if it is warm enough. It only has to reach 4 degrees for ticks to venture out and look for a host to feed from. With Lyme disease becoming a scary threat for people and animals, it is very important to have your dog on year round tick prevention.
Cats, humans and dogs should also be monitored for ticks and have them removed promptly to avoid spread of disease.
Some parasites are a risk to other species, including humans. And, while dogs and outdoor cats are at a greater risk, indoor cats can still become infected. For more information on parasites, please contact the clinic. One of our veterinary technicians or doctors can answer any questions you may have.