Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites give your pets great discomfort and can cause serious health problems if left untreated. Your loyal companion is commonly exposed to parasites from other animals and the surroundings they explore. It’s especially important to treat all parasites as some can also affect the rest of your family. Parasites such as fleas, ticks and tapeworms are zoonotic – this means they can be passed between humans and pets.

What parasites might affect my pet?

The parasites that may affect your pet are divided into two categories: internal and external. Internal parasites live inside your pet’s digestive system and are usually detected by examining stool or blood. External parasites live on your pet’s skin and are identified through physical examination and testing.

External Parasites:

  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Mange mites
  • Ringworm
  • Ear mites

    Internal Parasites

  • Heartworm
  • Hookworm
  • Roundworm
  • Coccidia
  • Tapeworms

    My pet has a swollen belly, could this be a sign of parasites?

    Yes! A swollen belly is one sign that your pet may have intestinal worms. Signs of parasites are usually hidden in the early stages. Once you spot a sign contact your veterinarian immediately. Here are other signs you should look out for:

  • Lethargy
  • Itching
  • Redness of the skin
  • Brown or black discharge in the ear

    If your pet is showing any of these signs please call us at 905.727.3003.

    What is the best way to protect my pet from parasites?

    The best way to protect your loyal companion from parasites is to have them on a year-round prevention plan. Though some parasites are more prevalent during certain seasons they can survive and affect your pet outside of that time. Some parasites survive cold winters by staying inside people’s homes.

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    Dear Clients,

    Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 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".

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed
    Note: We are closed the Saturdays of long weekends.


    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 Golf Glen Veterinary Clinic