Parasites, both internal and external, can be both irritating and even dangerous to our pets. Here are Chesapeake Veterinary Clinic, we offer a wide variety of flea, tick, heartworm, and intestinal parasite preventions as well as treatments for pre-existing parasites. With our range of different options, we can help you decide which prevention is best fit for your pet’s needs depending on their health and environment.
Fleas and ticks can be a constant source of frustration for pets and their pet parents alike. Not only can they make your pets miserable, but they can carry several serious diseases. Fleas are the most common vectors for tapeworms, and can cause constant and serious skin irritation and infection. Ticks can carry several diseases such as Lyme’s disease, as well as many other potentially dangerous diseases.
Heartworms are transmitted through the bites of mosquitos and can cause life-threatening infections in canines. The worms reside in your pet’s lungs and heart and can cause very serious damage and even death. Treatment for these infections is dangerous and expensive. By having your pet tested yearly for heartworms and keeping them on prevention year round, you can help keep your dog happy and healthy!
Intestinal parasites can cause a variety of health issues, though most pets that are infected show no symptoms. It isn’t until the owner notices the parasite in the stool that the owner becomes aware that there is a problem. The most common signs that a pet is harboring a parasite include scooting on the rear, a bloated stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, and seeing parasites in the stool. In severe cases of infestation, parasites can cause serious complications and even death. Some intestinal parasites can even be transmitted to humans.
Parasites can wreak havoc on both your pets and yourself if left untreated. With a large variety of preventions, our knowledgable staff can help you decide which prevention is best fit to meet your pet’s needs, helping them stay happy and healthy for years to come. Call us today!