Parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets: ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes and lives in your pet’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites also threaten pets and are even transmissible to humans.
Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are as small as a pinhead, so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea and other problems, but many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.
Our expert staff can examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites, and recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. We can recommend a schedule for parasite testing, discuss what signs of parasites you can look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home, discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites, and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future.
Parasites are not just a nuisance. They can carry serious diseases that affect your pet’s overall health and longevity. Let us help you protect your pet. Call today to find out how!