Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Preventative care is an essential part of our practice, which includes providing recommendations about the best parasite control plan for your pet. Parasites can create a range of health conditions, from minor issues to more severe and even life-threatening complications. Parasite control plans give your pet protection against these pests. 

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What are the most common parasites that infect pets?

Parasites are separated into two categories, internal and external. Internal parasites often live inside your pet’s vital organs and bloodstream, causing health complications throughout their body. External parasites can be equally harmful, causing issues like allergic reactions and even transmitting diseases to people. Potential parasites that could be harmful to your pet include: 

  • Hookworms 
  • Whipworms 
  • Roundworms 
  • Tapeworms 
  • Ticks 
  • Fleas 

Why should my pet take a preventive?

Parasite infections can be painful for pets and costly for pet parents. With the help of a monthly medication, which could be an oral medication (like a tablet) or topical cream, your pet can be protected against a range of internal and external parasites. Some parasites are more common during certain times of the year, but this doesn’t mean your guard should be completely down. For example, though fleas and ticks are prevalent in the spring and summer, they can still survive in colder months if they have proper shelter. A year-round parasite control plan, with a combination of preventives, is the only way to decrease your pet’s chances of an infection. If you have questions about our parasite control plans, please contact us at 403-217-0460.

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