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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
diarrhea

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.

Last updated: Sept 17, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Langdon Veterinary Clinic