Parasites are creatures that can cause trouble for your pet. An infection can lead to serious diseases and in some cases death. Parasite control is especially important because some parasites can spread to humans. Internal parasites like hookworm, roundworm and tapeworms can spread to vulnerable humans like children, pregnant women or those who are immuno-compromised. Even if your pet seems healthy they still need protection as parasites can disguise themselves easily. Give us a call at 604-591-5304 to get your pet started on parasite preventatives.
When does my pet need parasite control?
Your pet needs protection all through the year. Their prevention plan needs to be effective through all the seasons even if they only stay indoors. Your indoor pet can get exposed to parasites at daycare or the groomers and sometimes the critters can get into your home and infect your pet. Many pet parents believe their pets are safe in winter but the truth is parasites can reproduce and survive during cold months.
How do I know when my pet has parasites?
Signs of parasites can go unnoticed in the early stages of an infection, this is why prevention is so important. When your pet is infected you may notice:
- Bumps on their skin
- Bald patches
- Weight loss
- Swollen belly
- Dry itchy skin
How much preventive does my pet need?
The amount of preventives your pet needs is determined by the risk factors in their surroundings. Your veterinarian will consider the areas where your pet frequents or the animals they come in contact with which makes them more vulnerable to parasites. In some instances the prevention medication we provide protects your pet from multiple types of parasites. Broad-spectrum prevention medication protects your pet from both internal and external parasites. Our team will discuss the best suited option for your loyal companion. Call us at 604-591-5304 to discuss parasite prevention and control.