Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites are harmful creatures that can infect your pet. Parasitic infections are expensive to treat and they can be fatal which is why we encourage preventative treatment from a young age. Our clinic can work with you to create a parasite prevention and control plan that protects your furry friend all through the year. We encourage pet owners to enroll their loyal companion in the prevention program so they won’t have any missed or late doses (which can leave furry friends unprotected). To learn more about our parasite prevention program, call 403.637.3928.

What parasites may affect my pet?

The parasites that may infect your pet can be classified into two groups: internal and external. Internal parasites live inside your pet’s digestive system and they are detected through stool examination or blood testing. External parasites live on your pet’s skin and are identified through physical examination and testing. It is important to protect your furry friend against both as some parasites are zoonotic and can be transmitted to humans. Here are some examples of parasites that may affect your pet:

1. Heartworms
2. Ticks
3. Fleas
4. Mites
5. Hookworms
6. Coccidia
7. Whipworms
8. Roundworms
9. Tapeworms

What are signs my pet may be infected with parasites?

In most cases the signs of a parasitic infection don’t present themselves in the early stages. This means that by the time you see a sign the parasites have already multiplied. It is imperative you have your pet examined by a vet once you spot any of these signs:

  • Lethargy
  • Swollen belly
  • Itching
  • Redness of the skin
  • Brown or black discharge in the ears

    How can I protect my pet from parasites?

    To ensure your loyal companion gets the protection they need, they should be on a year-round prevention plan. Some medications may be administered on a monthly basis but we strongly encourage pet owners to strictly follow the plan. Our clinic will recommend medications that protect against internal and external parasites. We may also recommend routine testing for some parasites.

  • Last updated: November 19, 2021

    We would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all our clients that have been so patient with us during the current pandemic situation. We are happy to announce that we are open again!

    We are kindly asking that our clients still wear a mask when they are in the building to protect themselves and our staff. Our waiting room will be limited to one client at a time. All our staff will also still be wearing their masks and taking care to wipe down frequently touched surfaces and sanitize in between clients and patients as we have always done.

    If you are uncomfortable entering the clinic, please do not hesitate to call and we are happy to serve you and your pet curbside. As always cats must be in carriers, and dogs must be on a leash for safety and liability reasons.

    We know that these have been trying times for everyone, but rest assured your pet is still receiving the highest quality of care that you have always known from our veterinarians and staff members.

    If there are any concerns or special circumstances, please feel free to discuss this with our staff and we can take it into consideration.

    - Your dedicated team at Cremona Veterinary Clinic