You’ve most likely heard about fleas and ticks, but they are only two external parasites that threaten your pet’s daily life. Your loyal companion can become infected with roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, coccidia, heartworms, and mites. To protect your pet from these pesky creatures, they need to be on a strict prevention plan. At Elmvale Veterinary Hospital, we can create a plan that protects your pet from parasites prevalent in the area.
What are signs that my pet has parasites?
Some signs that may indicate that your pet has parasites are:
- Weight loss
- Swollen belly
- Itching and scratching
- Protruding lumps
How are parasites detected?
A stool sample is collected and inspected with a microscope for most parasites, except tapeworms and heartworms. A blood test is necessary to diagnose heartworms, and tapeworms are visible to the naked eye. Our team may recommend ultrasounds and X-rays determine how the parasite has affected your pet.
Is prevention necessary for indoor pets?
Yes. Parasites can enter your home and infect your pet by latching on to human clothing or shoes. If your loyal companion meets with another pet or rodent inside the home, they are at risk of catching parasites.
When does my pet need prevention medication?
Your loyal companion needs parasite prevention all year-round. Even in the colder months, parasites are a threat to your pet. Certain species of ticks can thrive in the winter; all it takes is a mild day for fleas to be active again.