Parasite Control and Prevention

Year-round parasite prevention is essential to protect your pet from internal & external parasites.

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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