Parasites are a common yet treatable issue that most pets will face at some point.
Most pets will suffer from parasites at some point during their lifetime. They could be infected with fleas, ear mites, scabies, heartworms, roundworms or ticks or with parasites that you might be less familiar with such as whipworm, coccidia or giardia. Parasites can cause a range of problems, from itchy skin, diarrhea, vomiting, to life-threatening illnesses.
What can I expect during my pet's appointment?
When your pet comes to Richmond Road Veterinary Clinic, we will examine them for physical signs of parasites. We’ll look for evidence of fleas and ticks and examine your pet’s ears to check for ear mites. A stool sample will be obtained (if not provided) to test for intestinal parasites, and we’ll also ask if your pet has suffered any of the common symptoms of parasites, such as itching, dull coat, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, weight loss and lethargy.
Safe, effective medications prevent parasites
Over the years, we’ve spent a lot of time treating animals for the health issues and diseases these minuscule and often microscopic pests pass along. Now, we have safe, effective medications that prevent pets from having to suffer from the maladies parasites bring.
In Kentucky, we see all forms of parasites, which is why we recommend year-round flea, tick, heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention for all dogs and cats. These medications are easy for pet owners to administer to their pets, typically on a monthly basis.
If you have a puppy or a kitten, we will also recommend that you follow a deworming program for the early months of life. Young animals, especially those that were strays or have been adopted from a shelter, are prone to intestinal parasites. When you give your pets medications to prevent parasites, not only are you protecting their health and avoiding future trips to our clinic for more serious health issues, you are also safeguarding your family. Many parasites can spread from pets to their owners, causing health problems for them as well.