Pets are susceptible to numerous internal and external parasites. The most common external parasites are fleas and ticks. Besides causing local irritation and generalized discomfort, both of these parasites are capable of transmitting secondary diseases. Many pets also suffer from severe allergic reactions to the bites of fleas and ticks.
Common internal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, Giardia and coccidia. These parasites can cause severe intestinal problems in our pets and some even pose a risk to humans, especially young children. Another potential threat is heartworm disease. Heartworms are spread through the bite of an infected mosquito and can cause serious disease in an affected pet.
Most internal parasites can be identified by fecal testing and heartworm infection can be diagnosed by a simple blood test. All dogs and cats should have at least one fecal test per year. Puppies, kittens and other high risk pets should be tested more frequently.
Many internal and external parasites can be prevented or eliminated by regular use of medications, such as Advantage® II, K9 Advantix® II and Heartgard® Plus. Other parasites may require more specific treatment based on your pets condition, risk factors and overall health status. Our staff can help you choose the best product for your individual pet.