Parasites can affect your cat or dog’s quality of life and their life expectancy. Our veterinarians recommend that all our patients follow a year-round prevention plan. We can create a schedule that suits your beloved companion’s lifestyle, health status and other risk factors. Parasite prevention for your pet ensures that you or your family members don’t get infected with zoonotic parasites.
What parasites are a threat to my cat or dog?
Your loyal companion can become infected with two types of parasites: internal and external. Internal parasites are mostly worms and are often found in the intestinal tract, they include:
External parasites include fleas, ticks and mites.
How can I tell if my loyal companion has parasites?
It can take longer for your cat or dog to show symptoms if they are infected with an internal parasite. Whenever you notice any of the following, contact a veterinarian:
- Red bumps
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Itching and scratching
- Protruding lumps
- Swollen abdomen
Call us at 613-732-3641 to schedule an appointment.
Is parasite prevention necessary in cold months?
Yes, your cat or dog should be protected from parasites regardless of the season. Many parasites can survive in the winter by hiding in warm areas such as the home, barns etc.
Can I treat parasites at home?
Treating parasites on your own is not recommended. DIYs may treat the symptoms and not remove the parasite. A veterinarian can diagnose your loyal companion and provide treatment to completely flush out the parasite.