Even if your pet spends most of their time indoors, we highly recommend a parasite control plan. Pets are susceptible to a range of internal and external parasites. Some of them transmit life-threatening diseases that could negatively impact your pet’s quality of life. If you’re interested in setting up a plan for your pet, please contact us at 705-522-4555.
How often does my pet need parasite control?
Puppies and kittens have some protection from infections during their first weeks of life because of antibodies from their mother but they should be started on one before they’re 16-weeks old. Adult furry friends should take a routine preventive monthly, which comes in the form of an oral tablet, topical cream or injection. It’s important to give your pet this medication at the same time every month to ensure broad spectrum coverage.
What does it protect against?
We usually recommend a combination of preventive measures because different medications provide protection against external and internal parasites. When combined, they provide a broader scope of protection against pests like roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, tapeworms, heartworms, mites, fleas and ticks.
Which parasite control plan is right for my pet?
Based on your pet’s lifestyle, age, likelihood of parasite infection and overall health, we’ll help you decide which parasite protection plan is the right fit. Parasite control isn’t only about medication. It also involves taking steps to minimize your pet’s risk of contracting a parasite. Steps you can take include:
- Picking up after your pet immediately when they use the bathroom
- Limiting your pet from roaming or wandering into unknown areas
- Ensuring you practice good personal hygiene after interacting with your pet
- Disposing of your garbage properly
- Staying vigilant of wild animals in your yard
- Regularly examining your pet’s coat for external parasites