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Parasite Control and Prevention

External Parasites

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are common external parasites of dogs, cats and other mammals. They can be transmitted from animal to animal as well as through the environment. Many pets are exposed to fleas and ticks outdoors in yards, patios, dog parks or on walks. Humans can even bring fleas into their homes on their shoes and clothing. These parasites cause itching, hair loss, allergies, anemia and skin infection. They can also transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms, and serious diseases, such as Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease. Pets living in Texas should be on flea and tick prevention year-round.

Remember:

The key to preventing fleas and ticks is adhering to a monthly, veterinarian-prescribed parasite prevention program. Without consistent attention, your pet will be susceptible to fleas. A flea problem for your pet means a flea problem in your home. Understanding the flea life cycle and methods for its control can be a daunting task. Our staff will gladly assist you in this process. We can inform you of safe, effective flea prevention methods and, if necessary, flea treatment.

 

Internal Parasites

Heartworms

Heartworms are common and potentially deadly parasites that affect both dogs and cats. Transmitted by mosquitoes, they are very common in Texas and the surrounding states. Symptoms include coughing, aversion to exercise, lethargy and sudden death. Prevention and early detection are key when it comes to combating the serious disease caused by heartworms.

Intestinal Parasites

Most commonly, intestinal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms and giardia. All are very common in our area. In most instances, these parasites do not cause external symptoms in pets, making biannual testing and monthly preventative measures imperative. In people, these parasites are not as well tolerated and can lead to serious disease. Treating and preventing infestations are paramount.

 

For more information, download our Parasite Prevention Flyer >