One of the most important parts of keeping your whole pack healthy—human and non-human—is parasite prevention. That includes fleas, ticks, and intestinal worms. These pests aren’t just annoying: fleas can trigger allergies and transmit tapeworm; ticks carry many dangerous diseases including Lyme disease; and intestinal worms can bring on terrible digestive issues and other symptoms. Many of these parasites and the diseases they carry are also dangers for humans—especially children
When it comes to worms, our pets can pick up these parasites from feces, fleas, contaminated soil as well as from their mother’s milk while nursing. All pets should be dewormed annually, and if you have a hunting dog, outdoor cats or farm dogs and cats, we recommend they be dewormed even more frequently.
As for fleas and ticks, prevention is always the best treatment! Prairie Animal Health Centre carries a variety of flea, tick and other parasite preventives, and we can help you choose which one is right for your pet. In addition to preventive medications, however, we also recommend that you thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks if they’ve been outdoors. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt.
If you have any questions about parasites or think your pet may be infected, don’t hesitate to call us at (306) 842-7677.