Internal & External Parasite Treatment
Internal parasites (also known as worms) are a common condition in dogs and cats needing regular veterinary monitoring and treatment. The most common internal parasites include roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms. These worms can cause a wide range of problems from subclinical disease to clinical conditions including vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss. Some of the pet internal parasites represent a risk to human health, therefore regular monitoring is important.
We recommend routine monitoring and appropriate deworming of all dogs and cats, even when they are primarily housed indoors. Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible to infection and deworming should be evaluated around the time of their first vaccination.
Heartworm is a parasite that can infect dogs and uncommonly cats. The parasite is transmitted through mosquito bites and the larval worms then travelling through the blood vessels to the heart. Here, the worms grow and reproduce cause damage to the heart and lungs. Eventually, these can cause initial infections may show no clinical signs and as the parasite load increases symptoms include coughing, exercise intolerance, breathing difficulties, weakness, weight loss, abdominal distension and infection can be fatal. .
Regular heartworm testing and preventative therapy are recommended. An evaluation by a veterinarian prior to any treatment or prevention to ensure the proper plan for your pet’s heartworm testing and preventative therapy. Significant risks including death can occur by heartworm if not evaluated by veterinarian and improper medication is used on a pet.