Even thinking about parasites gives people the heebie-jeebies. Now think about your pet being infected with them... As the warm weather comes around and you and your four-legged friends spend more time outside, your pets are more likely to be exposed to infections and parasites. With your pets being vulnerable to many different parasites, this can lead to severe illnesses, not only in them, but for other family members as well. To protect your pets, and your family, against parasites we break down why you need to be get internal and external parasite protection.
1. Parasite Protection Starts When You Bring Your Puppy or Kitten Home
Whenever you bring a new pet into your home you should have your little one inspected at a veterinarian beforehand. This prevents your other pets and family members from being exposed to these parasites.
2. Discover Parasites Early
One of the best ways to uncover internal parasites in a pet is through an annual Calgary vet visit. If you, or your vet has suspicions that your pet has internal parasites they will start by collecting a stool sample and checking for parasites. For dogs, depending where you live and have traveled, a blood test to rule out heartworm disease may be suggested.
3. Why You Need to Care About Parasite Protection
While parasites can sometimes be harmless, this is not usually the case. They have become one of the most common causes of disease for pets. Some of the illnesses parasites can cause include heartworm disease, malnutrition, anemia and weight loss. Many of these parasites can also cause family members to become sick, especially children.
However, before you panic, you should understand how easy it is to prevent parasites through regular visits to your Calgary veterinary clinic. Checking with your local Calgary vet clinic can help you to identify products to keep your cats and dogs free of parasites.
If you have questions about parasite protection or would like to book your pet in for a parasite protection appointment, be sure to contact the wonderful team at West Springs Veterinary Hospital.
Phone: (403) 249-7387