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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites are creatures that pose a risk for everyone in your family. Not only can they make your pet’s life uncomfortable, some can be passed between humans and animals. Zoonotic parasites such as fleas and ticks can lead to rickettsiosis and bordetellosis when transferred to humans. To protect your pets from parasitic infections, they need preventative medication. It is also good for humans in the household – especially pregnant women, children and seniors – to practice proper hand washing hygiene when handling pet waste.

What are common parasites in pets?

Parasites that infect your furry friend fall into two categories: internal and external. Internal parasites affect the intestines and stomach and are diagnosed by examining the stool or blood tests. Internal parasites include: coccidia, hookworm, roundworm and heartworms. External parasites like fleas, ticks, mange mites and ringworm live on your pet’s body.

What are signs of parasites in pets?

Some signs and symptoms associated with parasites are similar to the symptoms of other illnesses. For this reason at the first sight of any of these signs you should have your pet checked by a veterinarian.

1. Swollen belly
2. Itching
3. Redness of skin
4. Lethargy
5. Red bumps
6. Loss of appetite
7. Vomiting

To have your pet evaluated for any of these symptoms please call 403.936.4571. Our team will be able to properly diagnose your pet and provide prompt treatment.

How can I protect my pet from parasites?

To give your pet the best protection, they need to be on a year-round prevention plan. Parasites can affect your pet at any time even when it’s not the season for them. Following a strict prevention plan and regular testing for internal parasites will keep your pet parasite-free.

Does my indoor pet need parasite protection?

Even if your furry pal stays indoors most or all the time they may still be exposed to parasites. Parasites can live inside the home even during wintertime as they hide in the warm areas of the home. Parasites also get in the home through other animals your pet interacts with or by attaching themselves to humans.