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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Both internal and external parasites can affect our pets, causing a range of health problems, from minor irritation to life-threatening diseases. This is why our veterinarians strongly encourage prevention. Some diseases can also be transmitted to humans through contact with infected pets. Therefore, it’s essential to take preventative measures to protect both your pets and your family.

How can I protect my pet from parasites?

The best way to protect your pets from parasites is to have them on veterinarian-prescribed parasite prevention. Our hospital offers a year-round prevention plan that can keep your pet protected always. Our veterinarians can provide guidance for your pet’s unique needs based on their lifestyle and environment. Reach out to us to start your pet on a parasite prevention plan.

I know about fleas and ticks, what other parasites might affect my pet?

Fleas and ticks are external parasites meaning they attack from the outside. Other external parasites that may affect your pets include mange mites, ear mites and ringworms. Internal parasites, on the other hand, live inside your pet – usually within their digestive system. Internal parasites include coccidia, hookworm, heartworm and roundworm.

What are the signs that my pet has parasites?

If left untreated, parasites can be extremely harmful to your furry pal. If you notice any of these signs, you should immediately contact your veterinarian to have the problem attended to and treated accordingly:

  • Red bumps
  • Hair loss and dry skin
  • Itching and scratching
  • Swollen belly
  • Coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

My pet stays indoors, do they still need parasite prevention?

Absolutely! Indoor pets need parasite control too, as they are still at risk. Some parasites can be brought into your home by other pets and or on humans’ shoes and clothes.

Does my pet need parasite prevention in the winter?

Every season is parasite season. With increasing temperatures across Canada, it is recommended to keep your pet protected year-round. Pests like ticks are active when temperatures rises above 0 degrees Celsius.

How do I choose the right prevention for my pet?

For puppies and adult dogs, we recommend NexGard Spectra for All-In-One protection for your pet! NexGard Spectra is a monthly chew that is effective in protecting against internal and external parasites. Broad protection has never been easier! Learn more here. Please reach out to our team if you have any questions!

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