Parasite Control and Prevention
What is are parasites? Parasites are organisms that live on or in a host and survive by feeding continuously on the host. Hosts include dogs, cats, raccoons, birds, squirrels, deers and even humans. Parasites survive often at a great physical discomfort to your pet.
Parasites can cause vector-borne diseases which can lead to severe illness to your pet and even your entire family. These illnesses include:
- Lyme disease
- West Nile virus
Examples of parasites that can infect your pet are ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, roundworm, whipworm and heartworm. Almost all of these parasites can be passed to humans.
It is critical to maintain your pets's wellness exams and vaccinations so that they can be screened for parasites, treated if infected and preventative measures can be implemented.
The most effective method of lowering the risk of parasites is through vaccinations and parasite preventives. The goal is to keep flea, tick, heartworm and other parasite-transmitted illnesses from entering the home and being passed to you as the pet owner or anyone else in the family.
You'll also want to take steps to reduce the parasite population around the home by:
- Inspecting yourself and your dog for ticks and fleas after a hike or play outdoors
- Cut weeds, tall grasses, and overgrown areas from the front and backyard
- Develop a regular grooming regimen with your veterinarian and at home
- Check your pet's skin and coat regularly for signs of flea infection, such as red or raw skin and flea droppings
- Professionally clean carpets, vacuum living areas, inspect upholstery regularly and thoroughly wash all pet bedding weekly.
If you have not had a veterinary exam or suspect that your pet may have a parasite, please contact us today to schedule an exam.