Parasite Control & Prevention

Year-round parasite prevention is crucial to shield your pet from parasites.

The truth is parasites are everywhere and the best way to protect your pet from encountering them is implementing a prevention plan. Our veterinarians are the best people to do that. However, if your pet is already infected with a parasite, like a tick or a tapeworm, there are treatments we can provide. Book an appointment to get your pet tested as soon as possible by calling us at 250-591-4050.

What kind of parasites are out there?

Parasites are small organisms that can live on or in an animal. Here are a few examples of parasites:

  • Ringworms
  • ookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Heartworms
  • Ticks
  • Fleas
  • Mites

When they find your pet as their host, they can irritate your pet’s skin or cause long-lasting damage to their organs and immune system.

How do I prevent my pet from contracting a parasite?

The type of prevention your pet receives depends on the parasitic infection. We recommend maintaining routine vet appointments so we can check your pet regularly. We also offer deworming services and treatments that kill worms. At home, you can groom your pet regularly to search for external parasites. You can also feed them a healthy diet using our specialized nutritional plan, which strengthens their immune system. Be cautious of the areas your pet explores. Parasites can live in feces from other dogs or wild animals. If they step in it, it can be ingested when they lick themselves later. That’s why it’s important that every pet owner is vigilant with their physical exams, prevention plans and picking up after their pets. Protecting your pet is protecting your community.

Can parasites harm humans?

Some of these parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, can be transferred to humans through their pets. This happens when your pet’s feces is not properly cleaned. Pet owners must wash their hands thoroughly after handling their pet’s feces. They must also ensure contact with immune-compromised people is carefully managed, as they could be vulnerable to infections.

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