Parasite Prevention for Pet Health and Comfort
At Greece Animal Hospital, we believe parasite prevention is important for the health of pets and the people who care for them.
Cats and dogs are vulnerable to several types of parasitic infections. Many of these parasites are zoonotic, able to infect both animals and humans. Our team is dedicated to protecting your entire family with a solid parasite prevention plan.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are irritating and invasive parasites of the skin. Preventing an infestation of fleas and ticks helps avoid irritation, infection, allergy, and disease, as well as the inconvenience and expense of treatment to pets and the home environment.
Our veterinarians will suggest a variety of safe and effective preventives for fleas and ticks. The products recommended by our team have been carefully researched and chosen to help keep your pets, family, and home parasite free. Over the counter products are not recommended, as they are limited in effectiveness and can have serious, unwanted side effects.
We are pleased to guide you in the most appropriate preventives for your pet, and many are available through our pharmacy.
Intestinal parasites can exist in your pet for some time without any symptoms. Eventually, your pet may experience diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and more.
Some intestinal worms are zoonotic parasites dangerous to people, especially children and those with compromised immune systems. Our veterinarians recommend regular fecal testing and monthly preventives for intestinal parasites.
The most common intestinal parasites in dogs and cats include:
Each of these organisms can make your pet sick. To learn more, download this great handout: Intestinal Parasites
Heartworms live and grow in the heart and lungs of infected dogs and cats. Mosquitoes carry this serious, often fatal, disease and can transmit the heartworm larva into your pet’s bloodstream with a single bite.
Fortunately, heartworm disease is preventable through the use of monthly heartworm medications. Our veterinarians can prescribe the best heartworm preventive for your pet, available through our hospital pharmacy.
Visit the American Heartworm Society for more information.
Screening for Intestinal Parasites
Most intestinal parasites are not easily visible to the eye. We use microscopic analysis in our hospital laboratory to check for infection. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends that microscopic fecal analysis be performed two to four times during the first year for puppies and kittens, and once or twice per year for adult pets, depending on lifestyle and exposure risk.
The Pet Health Center at WebMD offers these helpful guides:
Great websites to visit: