Parasites are organisms that can cause various health problems for your cat or dog. Sometimes when infected, your loyal companion may experience hives, diarrhea, itching and scratching, weight loss, protruding lumps and so much more. Parasites are a constant threat and without any form of prevention, your feline or canine may become infected. A year-round prevention plan can keep those critters away from your beloved cat or dog.
How are parasites diagnosed?
External parasites will cause damage to the outer body which makes them easier to diagnose. By examining your cat or dog’s skin and fur, your veterinarian can tell if they are infected. To be completely sure they may perform other diagnostic tests such as bloodwork. Internal parasites are almost always diagnosed with a fecal examination. Fecal exams are primarily performed to detect microscopic gastrointestinal parasites, such as roundworms, Giardia, or tapeworms. Other internal parasites like heartworms are diagnosed using a blood test and if necessary, an ultrasound or X-ray may be performed to examine the heart and lungs.
How many preventatives does my cat or dog need?
This depends on the amount of risk your loyal companion has to catching parasites. Different lifestyles and living conditions can expose your canine or feline companion to a higher risk of parasitic infections. Our veterinarians will consider if your cat or dog interacts with other animals at home or parks, plays in tall grass, hunts or if they are confined indoors only. We can provide a broad-spectrum preventative that will protect them from multiple internal and external parasites.
Is parasite prevention necessary in winter?
Absolutely! Prevention is necessary through all seasons. Your cherished companion may even be exposed to parasites at daycare, not to mention the critters that hate the cold can even seek refuge in warm areas of the home. There are many different ways your feline or canine companion can become infected in the winter.