It is well documented that parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, 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. Heartworms live in your pet’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten pets and are even transmissible to humans.
You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites, many infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all until the disease is very advanced. There are tests to tell if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of parasites and recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members from disease. Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health.
Our veterinary services team can provide you with the following for parasite prevention in your beloved pets: