Beware These Common Pet Parasites
posted: Dec 06, 2017.
Beware These Common Pet Parasites in Lexington, KY
No matter how clean you keep your pet, it's likely that your furry friend will develop some form of parasites at least once in its life. They're in the water, in food, and even in the general environment your pet lives in, so it's natural that these critters will hitch a ride on or in your pet's body. They exist in a range from annoying to deadly, so it's important for us to inspect your pet on a regular basis. At Hartland Park Animal Hospital, we make parasite prevention a regular part of your pet's annual wellness examination, to give it the best protection possible.
Internal Parasite Prevention
Both cats and dogs are liable to be infested with internal parasites such as heartworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and roundworms. All of these intestinal parasites can do serious damage, making internal parasite prevention crucial for all dogs and cats. If you notice a change in your pet's eating habits, a cough that won't go away, or frequent diarrhea, bring your pet in to see our vet in Lexington. In most cases, a simple series of medication will take care of the problem.
External Parasite Prevention
In most cases, external parasites are more annoying than they are dangerous, but they can still make your pet miserable. Some of the more common varieties for both cats and dogs are:
- Ear Mites
- Mange Mites
In all cases, these parasites can cause excess scratching, which can damage skin and even remove patches of fur. This can leave open sores or irritated skin that's open to infection. We have medication to deal with all external parasites except ticks, which should be removed with tweezers as soon as you discover them. Contact our office in all cases when you discover these parasites on your pet.
Looking for Pet Parasite Prevention in Lexington?
All pets are subject to some type of parasite during its lifetime. Our professional team at Hartland Park Animal Hospital is ready to help you, no matter what type of parasite your pet is suffering from. Contact our office at (859) 245-7387 to make an appointment today.