Parasite Control and Prevention

Parasite control is an important part of your pet’s preventive healthcare, ensuring they’re protected against infections. It’s important to ensure your pet has year round protection since they’re more susceptible at different times, depending on their breeding cycle. If you’re interested in starting your pet on a parasite control plan, please contact us at 705-753-0324.

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What types of parasites can infect my pet?

Internal parasites target your pet’s internal organs, creating havoc and health issues. Common internal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and heartworms. External parasites like fleas, ticks and mange can be just as harmful for your pet, causing skin infections and other complications. Grooming and checking their coat regularly helps you ensure there are no external parasites making your pet their temporary home. 

How do I know if my pet is infected?

With some parasites like heartworms, the best way to know if your pet is infected is to get them tested. Other infections manifest as symptoms in the later stages, including: 

  • Red, flaky skin 
  • Scooting 
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 
  • Weight loss 
  • Loss of appetite 

What types of parasite control are available? 

Depending on your pet’s risk of parasite infections, we’ll develop a parasite prevention plan unique to their needs. Most medications don’t target one parasite so we’ll combine a few to ensure your pet gets full spectrum protection. Preventives are available as oral medications, topical creams and injections. In addition, practicing good hygiene and maintaining a clean environment limits the likelihood of your pet being infected by parasites.

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