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 Parasites





Fleas, ticks, heartworms may not be on your radar, but they most certainly may be on your pet.  You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites.  Fleas can live under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to locate.  Parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets.  For example, ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, fleas can transmit tapeworms and heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos. 

We can examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks or other parasites.  There are also tests we can recommend to determine if your pet has parasites.  Fortunately, there are preventative medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms and internal parasites.  Preventing parasite infestation in your pet will also protect your other family members as well.  Parasites can be transmitted to humans in many different ways, too. When people become infected with parasites, this is called a zoonotic infection and can lead to some very serious conditions. In people, these infections are usually the result of contact with areas contaminated by animal fecal matter.

Don’t panic—simply follow these effective measures for prevention of parasite infestations in young pets:
  • Prior to the first veterinary checkup at 6-8 weeks of age, de-worm puppies and kittens at 2-3 weeks of age, and then every 3 weeks.
  • Ask your veterinarian to do a fecal analysis on any new pet and de-worm regularly.
  • De-worm all pets annually, or more often if environmental factors indicate need.
  • Use good hygiene, such as washing hands after playing with pets or coming in from outside, and wearing shoes outdoors.
  

Let us help you protect your pet.  Contact us today to find out how.  

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