The parasites that infect our pets are often more than just a nuisance. Some pet parasites can cause serious illness and others can be fatal if left untreated. Fleas can transmit tapeworms and bartonella, ticks can transfer Lyme disease and heartworm disease is spread by mosquitoes.
Intestinal parasites such as the roundworm and hookworm threaten pets and can be transmissible to humans. This is why prevention and treatment are so important. Parasites like to hide and often our pets can have them without us even knowing because there are often no obvious signs or symptoms in the early stages of infection. Fleas hide within the fur of the pet and ticks are so small that they can easily be missed until they become engorged. Pets suffering from heartworm disease often show no signs at all until the symptoms of heart failure develop.
We can examine your pet for evidence of external parasites pet and offer diagnostic tests to determine if your pet has any internal parasites. There are medications that we use to treat active parasitic infections and other that we use to prevent infections from developing. By preventing parasites, you can protect your pet and your family from possible serious disease. Let us work with you to develop a plan that is safe and effective for your pet.