Parasite Prevention at Hamptons Animal Hospital
When you gaze adoringly at your pet, how many creatures are you actually looking at? Pets can be tormented by a variety of internal and external parasites, organisms that extract nutrients from their hosts while often causing terrible diseases in return. If you don't want these potentially dangerous parasites hijacking your best friend's health, then it's time to talk to Hamptons Animal Hospital. Our Edmonton veterinary team can check for parasitic infestations and administer preventative care to keep those uninvited guests away for good.
The Worrying World of Pet Parasites
Parasites can endanger your pet's well-being inside and out. The most infamous external parasites are fleas and ticks. These creatures bite your pet to draw his blood, at the same time injecting a variety of disease-causing microorganisms. Ticks transfer ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease and other "bugs; fleas transfer bubonic plague, cat scratch disease, and tapeworm infestations.
Tapeworms belong to the category of internal parasites, along with hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms -- all of which can cause serious malnutrition, vomiting, diarrhea, and digestive system damage. Heartworms are another dreaded form of internal parasite, introduced to your pet through mosquito bites, these worms can grow into long, tangled masses that eventually cause heart and lung failure (or, in cats, sudden, spontaneous death due to inflammatory reactions).
Parasitic infestations can be treated, but not without risk. The treatments themselves can be tricky -- there is no safe heartworm treatment for cats at all -- and by the time external parasites are removed, they may have already transmitted their diseases. Prevention is far and away the smartest strategy for helping your pet retain his health against these threats.
Preventative Measures to Keep Your Pet Safe and Well
Parasite prevention usually takes the form of medications that are administered on a regular basis to make sure there are no gaps in protection. These medications kill specific types of parasites at an early-enough stage that they cannot harm your pet. Some preventative medications kill fleas but not ticks, or both fleas and ticks, along with a number of different worms. We can recommend the ideal combination of preventatives to help your pet steer clear of dangerous parasites. If your pet is not old enough to receive these preventatives yet, we'll advise you on how to keep him away from parasite sources such as tainted soil or water.
Contact Our Clinic Today
If the only non-human creatures you want in your household are your pets, contact Hamptons animal Hospital at (780) 489-3203. We're ready to give your pet the preventative care he needs for a happy, healthy life!