Parasite Prevention

Parasites are organisms that depend on a host to survive. They encompass various types, including:

    • Fleas
    • Ticks
    • Mites
    • Worms

These tiny invaders are more than just an itchy nuisance; they can pose serious health threats to your pet and your family. If you're in the Lakeville area and need assistance with parasite prevention, the expert veterinarians at Lakeville Animal Hospital can help.

Parasite Prevention

Our pet care specialists employ advanced preventative care techniques to rid your pet of parasites and prevent their return. We recommend initiating preventive care during the puppy and kitten stage, incorporating measures like deworming, to ensure your pet stays pest-free. Read on for more information on parasite prevention.

What Are the Symptoms of Parasites in a Pet?

Depending on the type of parasite, your pet may exhibit:

    • Scratching
    • Biting
    • Licking
    • Scabs
    • Pale gums or lips
    • Lack of appetite
    • Fatigue
    • Bleeding (from bites)
    • Lumps (from burrowed ticks)
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Weight loss (common with worms)
    • Behavior changes
    • Irritability

How to Prevent Parasites in Your Pet

The most effective way to keep your pet from getting parasites is to visit your vet annually for a wellness exam. Your vet will administer or prescribe all necessary preventative pet care medications and treatments like deworming, Heartworm, and flea and tick medications. Administering these medications is a straightforward process.

Internal parasite medications are typically given orally in tablet or chewable form. For fleas and ticks, your animal hospital will assess the individual needs of your pet and may recommend a tablet, topical ointment, collar, or a combination. Some doses can last up to 8 months, while others need to be given every 1 to 3 months.

What You Can Do at Home to Prevent Parasites

Several things can be done at home to help prevent your pet from falling victim to the perils of parasites. A few of these include:

    • Washing hands after picking up feces
    • Regular brushing and combing
    • Regularly checking for signs of fleas (flea dirt)
    • Cleaning up pet feces daily
    • Avoiding feeding your pet raw food
    • Regular bathing
    • Keeping pets away from unknown animals
    • Not allowing them to sniff random feces
    • Checking the coat and skin after walking in wooded areas

Parasites can easily be picked up in gardens, parks, under decks, and even sidewalks. So, avoid letting pets linger around these areas.

Contact Lakeville Animal Hospital

Are you looking for a veterinarian near you? If you have any questions or concerns about parasites in your pet, our helpful and friendly staff are happy to assist. Feel free to give us a call at (508) 947-1309 or visit our website to schedule an appointment at Lakeville Animal Hospital.

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  • "I'm so pleased with the experience I had at lakeville animal hospital. I am traveling with my dog from northern Maine to visit family and my dog had been sick for 3 days. She couldn't keep any food or water down. Long story short I called lakeville animal hospital and they were able to squeeze Aspen in later on in the day. Turns out the reason Aspen had been sick was that she had atleast one blockage in her intestines. They immediately sent us to a 24 hour emergency vet in Swansea for a surgery. Aspen is now out of surgery with 2 incisions in her intestines and 1 in her stomach. Being a long way from home with a sick puppy is not fun and is quite stressful. But I'm thankful the crew at lakeville animal hospital was able to see her so soon, take X-rays, give her a diagnosis, and make a recommendation for a 24 hour surgery facility."
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