Advanced Parasite Control
Parasitic zoonoses are animal diseases that can be transmitted to people. The growing popularity of cats and dogs as pets and the high rate of worm infections can result in widespread soil contamination from infected eggs and larvae. These diseases are public health concerns, and we offer advanced parasite control to help keep your pet, your family, and everyone else around your pet safe. Residence, recreational activity (such as lots of time spent in a valley, the mountains, or foothills), travel history, and the pet’s age are all taken into account when we create each patient’s parasite prevention plan.
Heartworm-carrying mosquitoes are lethal dangers to your pet. A mosquito bite can transmit heartworm larva to your pet, which then slowly develops and makes its way toward the heart. Once there, it multiples in your pet’s pulmonary artery, and if left untreated, this leads to constricted blood flow, heart disease, and major organ failure. All canine patients, regardless of where they live, should receive a monthly heartworm preventative and should be tested for heartworm annually. Mosquitoes and heartworm thrive in the South’s hot, humid weather, so heartworm is extremely prevalent in the southeastern United States.
Ticks lurk in shrubs and tall grass. They attach to your pets and feed on their blood. Although ticks are nearly microscopic, they can cause serious health issues for your pet. A single tick bite can transmit numerous potentially fatal diseases including Lyme disease, typhus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis.
Though it is rare, animal-to-human transfer is possible, so a tick that latches onto your pet is also a hazard to the rest of the family. Special care should be taken to inspect your pet, and yourself, after any woodland outdoor activities.
These bloodsucking insects feed on mammals and lay eggs in their fur. Fleas can transmit murine typhus and harmful parasites like tapeworms, and their bites can cause dermatitis and anemia. A single flea can reproduce almost 50 times a day, making a flea infestation a substantial threat to your pet’s well-being. Flea infestations often spread throughout your home as fleas get comfortable in your carpet and furniture. Once they’ve spread, they are tough to eradicate.
Giardia, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and coccidia are intestinal parasites that commonly infect small animals. Depending on the age and general health of the pet dealing with the parasite, these infestations can simply be a mild annoyance or they can be life threatening. Some of these parasites pose risks to human health as well.
Parasite Prevention Plan
Regular application of antiparasitic medication is a surefire way of keeping your pet free of nasty parasites. Consult with your Sheabel Veterinary Hospital veterinarian to determine the best parasite control products for your pet.