Fleas, ticks and other parasites aren’t just annoying. Fleas can transmit tapeworm and cause anemia, while ticks are well-known carriers of many harmful conditions, including Lyme disease.
Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms are intestinal parasites that can cause many dangerous health issues including anemia, gastrointestinal upset, extreme weight loss and more. Routine fecal exams and preventative treatment can protect your pet from these nasty parasites.
Heartworm is an even graver threat. Mosquitoes can transmit the parasite to pets in just one bite. As the name suggests, heartworms live in the heart, and they can also thrive in the lungs and blood vessels. Because they constrict blood flow, they can damage internal organs and cause lung disease and heart failure.
Sadly, many pets don’t show symptoms of heartworm infection until the disease is advanced, if at all. While there is treatment for canines, it is expensive and can be very hard on your pet. (There is no heartworm cure for cats.)
Thankfully, administering regular preventative medication can keep your pet free of parasites all year round. We carry a wide array of parasite preventatives in our on-site pharmacy and online store, all of which are safe and proven effective in protecting dogs and cats from nasty infestations.
If you have questions about parasite prevention, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (682) 282-5888 today! Together, we can make sure your furry families have a good time in the great outdoors.