Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites are pesky insects that cause discomfort and serious illnesses in your loyal companions. To protect your beloved pets from parasitic infections, experts recommend a year-round plan to keep them safe. If left unprotected and untreated a parasitic infection can cause diseases such as Lyme and rabies which can be transmitted to humans. When you protect your pets from parasites you protect everyone in your family.

What are common parasites found in pets?

Common parasites include ear mites, fleas, ticks, ringworm and mange mites. These are external parasites as they attack from the outside. Internal parasites live in your pet’s digestive system and they include hookworm, heartworm, roundworm and coccidia. Some can even travel to other parts of your pet’s body such as the heart and, lungs and blood vessels.

What are signs of a parasitic infection in my pet?

If your furry friend is showing any of the following signs it’s recommended that you take them to a veterinarian for a consultation to have the symptom treated.

  • Hair loss and dry skin
  • Vomiting
  • Red bumps
  • Diarrhea
  • Protruding lumps
  • Swollen belly
  • Itching and scratching

    Does my indoor pet need parasite prevention medication?

    Living exclusively indoors does not guarantee your pet is protected from parasites. Other pets and sometimes humans that enter your home can carry parasites on their bodies. It is also possible for parasites to hideout inside the home during winter where they can remain active and even reproduce offspring. To discuss prevention medication for your pet, schedule an appointment at 613.433.3100.