Protecting your pet from parasites is vital for their health. These insects are very small but can cause substantial health problems. At Wellesley Animal Hospital, we want to see your loyal companion living their best life which is why we encourage and offer parasite prevention. If your pet is diagnosed with parasites, our team will work with you to create a treatment plan that keeps them pest-free.
When is parasite prevention necessary?
Parasite prevention is necessary at all times. Your pet needs year-round prevention from various critters. Even if certain parasites aren't prevalent during winter, they can still become active on warm days and affect your pet. No pet is completely safe from parasites even if they only stay indoors, as this is where some critters come to hide. We can recommend a broad-spectrum preventative that offers protection against multiple parasites, both internal and external ones. To get your pet started on parasite prevention, reach out to us at 416-966-1830.
How do pets get parasites?
Your pet can catch parasites from:
- Other pets at parks, boarding/daycare
- Eating fleas or cockroaches
- Playing in tall grass or heavily wooded areas with wild animals
- Contaminated soil
- Their mothers can pass on parasites while they nurse
What are the signs of parasites in my pet?
By the time you notice the signs of a parasitic infection, it could mean the infection is advanced, and this is why prevention is necessary. Here are some signs to look for:
- Bald patches
- Dry itchy skin
- Weight loss
- Swollen belly
- Red bumps
- Protruding lumps
What parasites are zoonotic?
Hookworm, roundworm, and tapeworms are internal parasites that can spread between species to humans. Immuno-compromised people, seniors, pregnant women, and children are more vulnerable to catching parasites from pets. To stop parasites from spreading between species, always practice good hygiene when handling your loyal companion's waste and ensure your pet is on a parasite prevention and control plan.