Parasites are dangerous for pets. They can range from annoying to life-threatening. It is important to practice preventative care methods to ensure that your pet stays healthy. At Greystone Animal Hospital in Burnaby, BC, our veterinarian diagnoses and treats pet parasites. We will also guide you on how you can protect your pet from them.
Common Pet Parasites
No matter how small they are, adults, their larvae, eggs, cysts, and more can be attached to your pet by brushing up against a surface with them. In the case of ticks, they fall off a tree branch or piece of grass onto your pet. Other common pet parasites are fleas, worms, mosquitos, skin lice, and mites.
The Threat of Worms
Worms are almost always internal parasites. The type of worm and where the worm or worms are located in the body determine what damage the worm does. There are several common types of worms.
Our veterinarian can test your pet for many of these worm types. Worms can sometimes be seen in your pet’s excrement. Some worms cause disease, blood clotting, or cause your animal to stop absorbing nutrients from food.
Our vet provides treatment and preventative methods for several types of worms, including heartworms. Heartworm disease can be fatal, so it is important to give your pet monthly medication.
Ear mites are a common problem for both cats and dogs. These tiny pests crawl around on the inside of your pet’s ear canal, feeding off their skin cells, blood serum, and other debris. The result is intense itching, inflammation, irritation, and head shaking. You’ll notice this problem if you see black specks in your pet’s ears, with dark, dirty wax and reddened skin. Your pet will most likely be shaking its head a lot or scratching its ears regularly. Our veterinarian provides ear drops to remedy this.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are common parasites and can be hiding almost anywhere outside. Pets can be allergic to fleas. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease and other deadly illnesses. Our vet offers oral tablets, sprays, topical medications, and flea collars to protect your pet.
Treating Internal and External Pet Parasites
An ideal way to treat pet parasites is to do your best to prevent them from the start. When you become aware of these dangers, it will take a little time to make some adjustments to your home. For example, consider tipping over empty containers full of water in your yard, brushing and bathing your pets more often, and creating reminders on the calendar to treat pets with flea and tick treatments. Once you do this, it becomes easy and automatically reduces the chances of parasite activity.
For all other cases, our veterinarian can screen your pet with tests and do inspections during regular vet visits to help out with this. If your pet does have worms or other parasites, our vet is trained to handle and treat these issues effectively.
Visit Our Veterinarian in Burnaby, BC for Parasite Prevention
Parasite prevention is vital in keeping pets healthy. At Greystone Animal Hospital in Burnaby, BC, our veterinarian will guide you on what medications your pet needs to stay protected. We are happy to answer any questions you have. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.