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Parasites

  • Tapeworms are a common parasite your dog or cat could get from swallowing a flea during grooming. The half-inch long worm-like egg packet can be seen on the stool or dried like a sesame seed on the haircoat under the tail. Ask us about treatment options for tapeworms.
  • Ear mites are the primary cause of 50% of inflammatory ear conditions in cats. Highly contagious, they are often spread between pets directly or on contaminated bedding.
  • Spring brings wet weather and a surge in the flea population. Keep your pet protected with monthly oral or topical flea prevention. It only takes a few fleas to start an infestation.
  • Flea-allergy dermatitis is a skin disease caused by a pet’s unusual sensitivity to flea bites. Intense scratching and biting are the most common signs. Reddened skin, bumps, self-inflicted abrasions and hair loss are also common.
  • Rattling dog tags keeping you awake? One flea bite may be all it takes to make your pet itch. Left untreated, itchy skin can become infected. Your veterinarian can help keep your pet healthy, itch-free and quiet!
  • Fecal parasite tests do more than check for worms. Coccidia are microscopic organisms that can be found upon routine fecal exams, which can cause diarrhea and require special medication.
  • Do you go hiking with your pup? Be sure to use tick prevention every month. Frontline® is an excellent topical treatment. NexGardTM is a new beef-flavored chew which protects against ticks for 30 days.
  • Fleas are a common source of irritation to pets, but some are more sensitive to flea bites than others. The best way to protect your pet is to prevent infestation. We can help you choose which flea preventions are best for you.

Illustration courtesy of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.