Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets
Parasites, both internal and external are quite common in pets. They can have variable effects on your pets, and some can even be transmitted to you or your children. External parasites such as fleas and lice can be extremely irritating. On the other hand, internal parasites such as heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms can make your pet systemically ill. In Calgary, fleas are not a big issue, but lice can be, especially for pets going to daycare or the dog park frequently. There are many topical products that can prevent both fleas and lice while also deworming for many internal parasites. By calling us at 403.452.2060 and scheduling an appointment with one of our veterinarians, you can learn everything you need to know about these pesky creatures, and how we can help your pet free of them.
How can I protect my pet from parasites?
We recommend a minimum of yearly deworming, sometimes more frequently depending on risk factors (such as travel, kenneling, daycare, young children in household, etc.). This can be evaluated by your furry family member’s veterinarian during their yearly checkup.
Can dogs and cats get rid of parasites on their own?
Absolutely not. Some pet parents wrongfully believe that pests like lice and worms are not that big of a health issue in their furry companions, because they often cause only minor effects in humans. In actuality, you should act quickly and call us right away if you see signs of any kind of pest or parasite in your pet. If your dog has lice for example, they must be treated with medical-grade shampoos or sprays for several weeks, they must be quarantined, your home and car must be disinfected, and they may need long-term treatments for anemia (this is for severe lice infestations). Parasites simply do not disappear on their own.
Do indoor pets need parasite protection?
Yes. Even if you live in a high-rise building and your pet spends their entire life without stepping a paw beyond your front door, they still need to be protected. Parasites can make their way to your pet through you, other people, other animals, other pests in your building (e.g. cockroaches) and objects that enter your home.