Healthier Lives with Pet Parasite Prevention
You want your pet to live a long, happy life with you, and we want the same! To ensure their well-being for years to come, preventive care is vital. Parasite prevention is only one part of the greater preventive care picture, but it is an essential one. Without it, your pet is vulnerable to dangerous parasites and the diseases they carry. At St. Paul Pet Hospital, we put a strong focus on pet parasite prevention for the whole year because even one month off leaves your pet exposed.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks share one thing in common: they love your pet’s blood. These nasty parasites bite and feed off your pet, putting them at risk of contracting diseases and even other parasites! Fleas live on your pet and can cause flea bite dermatitis, Bartonella, and can even transmit tapeworms. Ticks, while they do not live on your pet, could bite and remain feeding on your pet for up to two days. That’s plenty of time to transmit a number of tick-borne illnesses including Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Heartworms are internal parasites that are transmitted by mosquitoes. The heartworm larvae from the mosquito travel down the bloodstream until they ready the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. There, they feed, mature, and multiply. Heartworm disease can affect both cats and dogs, although dogs are the typical hosts. Treatment is highly risky and costly for dogs and unfortunately, for cats with heartworm disease, there is no cure.
Make Your Wellness Appointment
Pet parasite preventatives require a prescription from a veterinarian to purchase. Make an appointment today for your pet’s yearly wellness exam, and we’ll help you decide the best preventative option for you and your pet.