Parasite Control & Prevention

Year-round protection from internal and external parasites with the use of preventatives.

Parasite prevention is a crucial component to maintain good health in dogs and cats. A parasitic infection can lead to serious illness and if caught too late can cause death. It’s not just the well-being of your loyal companion that can be compromised, some parasites can infect humans too. Zoonotic parasites often affect children, pregnant women, and people with a weakened immune system. The good thing is when you follow a rigid prevention plan your cat/dog and loved ones can always be protected.

What parasites can infect cats and dogs?

Parasites are divided into two categories: internal and external. The name refers to where the parasites live or attack. Internal parasites are mostly found in the gastrointestinal tract, although some can migrate to the heart. Internal parasites are mostly worms, they include heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. External parasites can be found on the skin, between the paws, or behind/inside the ears. Some common external parasites are ticks, fleas, and mites.

What are signs that my loyal companion is infected?

It is much easier to spot the symptoms when your loyal companion has external parasites. With internal parasites, it can take months after they are infected for the symptoms to appear. Here are signs that your loyal companion may have parasites:

  • Itching and scratching
  • Scooting
  • Hives
  • Diarrhea
  • Swollen belly
  • Vomiting
  • Protruding lumps

We do not recommend treating these symptoms at home as it could worsen their condition. Instead, have a veterinarian evaluate your cat or dog and run the necessary tests. Please call us at 204-589-8381, if your loyal companion has any of the symptoms.

How can I protect my cat/dog from parasites?

Prevention medication is easily available to keep parasites away from your cat or dog. At certain times during the year, your veterinarian will recommend they get different doses. If your cat/dog gets a dose too late or missed it entirely, they will become vulnerable to parasites.

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