Parasite Prevention

Cats and dogs are susceptible to several parasitic infections, several of which can infect people as well. Parasite prevention is not only important for the health of your pet but also for the health of your family. We can help prevent fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, and heartworms.

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are troublesome parasites of the skin. Flea and tick prevention is essential because not only can they cause problems with the skin, but they can also transmit several diseases. Fortunately, our hospital carries safe and highly effective products to treat and prevent flea and tick infestations. Regularly using these products can prevent fleas and ticks from becoming a problem for your pet.

Intestinal Parasites

The most common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats include hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and coccidia. These parasites have the potential to cause illness in your pet. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and poor overall condition. These parasites can affect your pet’s health long before you notice any symptoms. Additionally, roundworms, hookworms, and some tapeworms can infect humans. Our veterinarians can help you take steps to screen for, treat, and prevent these parasites in your pet.


Heartworm disease is a killer of dogs and cats. Heartworm is a worm that resides in the heart and lungs of infected dogs and cats. It is carried by mosquitos that transmit heartworm larvae into the pet’s bloodstream when they bite them. These larvae then develop into adult worms that, over time, cause heart disease and respiratory problems in dogs. Thankfully, this disease is easy to prevent, and we carry several excellent heartworm preventatives. When given year-round, these products provide outstanding protection against heartworm disease, and many also protect against several important intestinal parasites that can infect dogs, cats, and people.

We’re ready to help you establish a safe and effective parasite prevention plan for your pet.

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