Parasite prevention is extremely important for your pet's wellbeing. From birth, your pet is susceptible to these pests that can cause lasting health issues. Although it is believed that most parasites are only active in the warmer months, your pet will need protection during winter. The preventive approach will protect your pet from Lyme disease, organ damage and other complications that put their health at risk. To schedule an appointment for your pet, please call us at 780-428-8802.
What parasites can infect my pet?
Cats and dogs can become infected with two types of parasites: internal and external parasites. External parasites include fleas, ticks, lice, and mange mites. Internal parasites are worms that usually live in the intestinal tract. Some internal parasites are heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and roundworms. All these critters can have an effect on your pet's organs, skin and overall health which is why prevention is strongly recommended.
How can I tell if my pet has parasites?
Itching and scratching is one of the most visible signs that your pet may have parasites. You should also lookout for:
- Licking or biting their skin
- Swollen abdomen
- Hair loss
- Skin rashes
- Pale gums
How can I protect my pet from parasites?
Having a prevention plan in place not only protects your pet but can also keep the rest of your family safe. Some parasites are zoonotic and can be spread from pets to humans. Parasite prevention plans should span all throughout the year as different parasites can attack at any time. Your veterinarian may suggest a monthly medication that provides broad spectrum protection to boost your pet's immunity.