Unfortunately, during the warmer months of the year, parasites, like fleas and ticks, tend to cause more havoc to cats and dogs. These parasites do not pick and choose the season, they could be present at any time. Parasites cause medical distress to pets, making it important to obtain treatment at Short Pump Animal Hospital in Glen Allen, also serving the Richmond area, if you believe your pet is dealing with them. Here is some general information pertaining to parasites including the importance of preventative tactics to keep your pet's health favorable.
Types of Parasites That Harm Cats and Dogs
Fleas and ticks are external parasites that causes pets to feel distress. Fleas multiply rather quickly and cause itchiness to the skin. Many pets are allergic to flea bites and suffer from pain in areas where these parasites latch onto. Ticks will bite a host and remain in place as they drink the blood of the animal. Ticks harbor disease and could cause inflammation at the bite site. Internal parasites include heartworm, roundworm, and tapeworm. These worms will cause problems with the internal organs of a pet.
Ways to Avoid Parasites At Home
Cleaning the interior of your home can help keep fleas from becoming nuisances. Make sure to vacuum regularly and launder your pet's bedding in hot water. This will minimize the chance of eggs or larvae from hatching into full-sized fleas in the home. Check your pet for fleas and ticks when it comes into your home from a session outside. A flea comb works well at removing harbored parasites. Keep close tabs on your pet for signs of an internal parasite problem. Since heartworm disease is caused by mosquitos, minimizing standing water on your property could decrease the chance of your pet becoming infected.
What Our Vet Will Do For Your Pet
When you bring your dog or cat to our animal hospital, you will be asked whether your cat or dog is displaying signs of an ongoing parasite problem. Your pet will be checked in detail to determine whether he or she is indeed infected with a parasite condition. Our vets will treat the parasite condition. Preventative actions can also be taken to protect your pet from future parasites. A wormer will remove all intestinal parasites. Medication is available to prevent heartworm disease from occurring. Fleas and ticks can also be prevented with topical medication.
If your pet requires an appointment to check for or prevent parasites, a call to Short Pump Animal Hospital to meet with our veterinarians is best. Our vets in Glen Allen will check your pet's health and determine whether they are suffering from parasites, a health condition, or a disease that the parasites had caused. Call us today at (804) 360-0100. Also contact us if you want our vets to see your exotic animal, rabbit, guinea pig, and bird for a wellness exam.