Parasite Control

Parasite Control

The sometimes hard to find Parasites and Small Creatures can cause illness for your Pet

  • Roundworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Hookworms
  • Heartworms
  • Whipworms
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Ear Mites

What Can you Do to Protect your Furbaby?

Our Experienced Team can Provide the Help you Need.

  • Information on How to Prevent Parasites
  • Techniques to Detect if your Pet has Contracted a Parasite
  • Veterinary recommended Medication, Shampoos and Sprays

Parasites are of a particular concern because they can be Transmitted from Pets to Humans.

By Protecting your Pets from Parasites

You are really Protecting your Entire Family

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Ask Us for the best Monthly Protection for your Family

Parasites Include

Intestinal Parasites

Kittens & Puppies are most at risk of contracting parasites, which Feed on your Pet’s Blood in their intestinal tract.

Roundworms and Hookworms

Can cause Illness and in  Extreme circumstances even Death

Most Cats & Dogs Show No Signs of Infection but Puppies and Kittens can become Noticeably Ill

Including…

  • Vomiting
  • Severe Weight Loss
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Swollen Stomach
  • Severe Anemia
  • Bloody Diarrhea

Tapeworms

Tapeworms live in the small intestines of Cats & Dogs and are generally Transmitted by Fleas and Eating Dead Wild Animals.

Cats are Most Susceptible to Tapeworms by Ingesting Fleas during Grooming and through hunting activities.

While Infected Cats normally Show No Outward Signs of having a Tapeworm, owners can find Tapeworm Segments, which resemble grains of rice in the fur around your pet’s anal areas, in your pet’s stool and on surfaces where your feline may rest or sleep,  such as pillows and beds.

Whipworms

Whipworms live in the intestines of cats & dogs.

Whipworms can cause mild to Extreme Illness and Even Death

Initially, there will be No Sign of Whipworm Infection, but as a Whipworm Infection Progresses

It can cause….

  • Bloody Diarrhea
  • Severe Weight Loss
  • Dehydration
  • Severe Anemia

Did You Know?

Indoor Cats can Contract Parasites from:

  • Potted Plants
  • Clothes from Kids Sandbox
  • Boots from Mud from outside
  • Friends and Family Pets

Preventing and Managing Intestinal Parasites

We recommend

  • Performing Semi-Annual Fecal Diagnostic Tests to Detect Parasites.
  • Annual Deworming  to Prevent Harmful Internal Parasites

If your pet shows signs of having a parasite, we can prescribe and properly administer deworming medication.

Health Safety Tip

  • You should Quickly Clean up Animal Waste to Avoid Spreading Infective Eggs.
  • There is a Risk to Children, so discourage them from Eating Soil and Cover-up Sandboxes when not in use, while practicing good hygiene to reduce the risk of human transmission.  

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Fleas In Cats & Dogs

Fleas are very commonly found on your pets and are a health concern for all of your family.

Protect your Family Against Fleas

Fleas can result in Anemia, Allergies and Severe Itching and, in worst-case scenarios, can spread Secondary Bacterial Infection and Life-Threatening Blood Loss in Young, Old and Weakened or Disabled Pets.

As Fleas Bite to Eat, they inject saliva under the skin which can lead to irritation, scratching, hair loss and damage to superficial skin layers.

You might notice Red, Irritated and Broken Skin around your pet’s neck, ears, belly, tail, head and hindquarters.

Common signs include  Intense Itching, Extensive Skin Damage, Biting, Licking or Scratching.

There is also a Risk of your Pet becoming Infected with Tapeworms Carried by Fleas.

Flea At Home Inspection & Detection

Flea Dirt is often Tiny Dark Specks that look like dirt but is really Digested Blood.

3 Easy Steps

  1. Find Flea Dirt on your Pet
  2. Place some of the Specks on a White Tissue and add a Drop of Water.
  3. If the Paper turns Reddish Brown, your Pet has Fleas.

Did You Know

Female Fleas can lay many Eggs per Day which are Resistant to Many Flea Control Products.

We Can Help

It is Important to have Safe and Complete Flea Control Treatment, anywhere your pet might be, including the Home and Yard.

We can work with You to Implement a Flea Control Program to Safely Reduce the Risk of your Pet Contracting a Flea Skin Allergy or other Health Problems.

We Recommend  

Annual Flea Prevention using Oral or Topical Preventative

Heartworms

Heartworms are internal parasites that can live in the blood vessels around the heart of dogs and other mammals.

Transmitted by mosquitoes, heartworms can be up to 11 inches long and live up to seven years in your dog.  

They can cause Irreparable Damage to the Heart, Lungs, Blood Vessels

Can even cause Death

It is less expensive to prevent Heartworm Diseases than it is to treat it.

Sudden death rarely occurs in dogs.

Treatment for Heartworm can be Very Difficult and can even cause Death  

The Best Care is an  Annual Preventative

Heartworm Disease in Dogs

We Recommend

  • Annual Diagnostic Parasitic Blood  Screen to Detect Heartworm
  • Annual Heartworm Prevention using Oral or Topical Preventative

Early treatment can limit the amount of possible damage to your dog’s heart and lungs.

Signs of Heartworm can Include:

  • Persistent cough and possible coughing up of blood
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Reluctance to exercise and fatigue after even light activity
  • Decreased in appetite and weight

If you Dog is diagnosed with Heartworm Disease

  • Our Veterinarians will outline a Treatment Plan that reflects your pet’s medical condition.

Normally, Heartworm Diseases can be treated with Medication

  • The length of treatment can vary but usually lasts for a few months and our staff will continue to perform routine blood work to monitor your pet’s progress.
  • We will make your dog as comfortable as possible during these procedures.

 

Ticks

Ticks are fast becoming a Common Concern of the medical community throughout Canada as populations rise due to Climate Change, Bird Migration and  Global Travel.

Did You Know

  • In late winter/early spring in London Regional Area Ticks can be found very active when temperatures reach 4 Degrees
  • Ticks are Most Active between 4 and 12 degrees and are very hungry searching out a Host in Early Spring and late Fall

Ticks can attach to your Pet while they are walking through Tall grass or in Wooded Areas.

It is important that you check your pet’s coat diligently and brush him or her regularly to keep the coat clean, making it difficult for ticks to hide.  

Ask Us for Complimentary Tick Remover 

Health Safety Tip

Removing ticks within 24 hours can help prevent the transmission of diseases, which can include:

  • Lyme Disease
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Ehrlichiosis
  • Babesiosis

Signs My Pet May Have Contracted a Tick-Borne Disease

  • Shifting Leg Lameness
  • Joint Swelling,
  • Enlarged Lymph Nodes
  • Anorexia,
  • General Depression
  • Pale Gums
  • Bleeding Tendencies

Black Leg Tick Lifecycle

Black-Leg Tick Lifecycle

Black-Leg Tick Lifecycle

 

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is Transmitted by Ticks and can Affect Humans as well as Pets.

One of the most common sign is recurrent lameness caused by joint inflammation which might last for several days and can shift from leg to leg. You might also notice fever and decreased appetite and activity level.  

A Blood Test can confirm exposure to Lyme Disease, although not all positive result mean that your dog will develop signs of the disease.

Severely Ill Dogs May Require

  • Hospitalization
  • Fluid Therapy
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medication

It Can be Life Threatening and cause Renal Damage

Number of Lyme Positive Cases Has increased from  23 in 1991 to 300 in 2016

Ontario Lyme Disease Risk Areas

Ontario Lyme Disease Risk 2019

What Can I do to Protect my  Furry Family Members?

Tick-Borne Disease in Dogs

We recommend

  • Annual Diagnostic Parasitic Blood  Screen to Detect Tick-Borne Disease
  • Annual Tick Prevention using Oral or Topical Preventative

Ask Us About  New Canine Lyme Vaccine

Tick-Borne Disease in Cats

We recommend

  • Annual Comprehensive Exams
  • Annual Tick Prevention using Oral or Topical Preventative

Implement a Safe and Complete Tick Prevention Program That Reflects your Unique Needs.

The Best Way to Prevent Lyme Disease…

  • Keep your Pet Away from Ticks
  • Monthly Prevention Medicine
  • Keep Shrubbery, Weeds and Grass Clipped Short Whenever your Pet is Outside, Examine them for Ticks

 

Ear Mites

Ear Mites are Highly Contagious Parasites that live inside a pet’s Ear Canal where they feed on ear wax and skin oils.

“Ear mites are more common in Cats than Dogs”

Does My Pet Have Ear Mites?

  • If your cat shows frequent ear scratching or head shaking and you find a coarse dark discharge resembling coffee grounds from the ears, your cat may have ear mites.

We Can Help

Our Care Team will ensure your furbaby receives:

  • Gentle Ear Cleaning
  • Prescription Medication
  • Schedule follow-up exams

If you have other pets in your home, the extremely contagious nature of the disease may require them to receive treatment as well.

The Best way to Prevent Ear Mites…

  • Keep your Pet Away from other Pets that might be Infected
  • Routinely Inspect  your Pet’s Ears
  • Bring your furry friend in for Regular Exams

We can also recommend Annual Flea and Tick Preventative Medication.

 

Have Any Questions?

Give us a call and we'd be happy to answer them.