Protect Your Pet from Internal & External Parasites

flea, tick and parasite prevention

Pet health can be seriously compromised by a parasite infestation. From fleas and ticks to a variety of intestinal worms, diligent attention is necessary to get rid of these pests and keep them away. The professionals at Warm Springs Animal Hospital understand how uncomfortable a parasite infestation can be for pets and their families.

We create a personalized parasite prevention plan at the very first puppy and kitten visit and evaluate that plan for changes through the senior years. Add years of health and comfort to your pet’s life with careful attention to parasite prevention.

Wellness Care Includes Parasite Testing

Dogs and cats often show evidence of internal and external parasites from the first veterinary exam. We test the feces at every wellness visit, to determine the need for deworming treatments. At our complete hands-on exam, we look for any evidence of external parasites and initiate treatment as needed. Once your pet is free of pests, ongoing preventives are important to maintaining health.

Fleas, Ticks & Mites

Fleas, ticks, and mites are the most common parasites found on dogs and cats. Tiny irritants to your pets, they live on or in the skin and coat, multiply rapidly, and cause extreme discomfort.

These pests are more than annoying—a bite from fleas and ticks causes serious illness such as Lyme disease, cat scratch fever, plague, typhus, and tapeworms. In addition, many pets are allergic to flea bites and require medical treatment to provide relief from the intense itching and infection.

We do not recommend over-the-counter products for most parasite infestations. Many are ineffective, and a few are even toxic to pets and people. If your pet develops a problem between regular visits, contact our hospital at once for guidance in choosing the safest and most effective treatments.

Intestinal Parasites

Puppies and kittens are born with worms, contracted in the mother’s uterus or through the milk, and should be dewormed initially at three weeks of age and after weaning. Kittens and pups should be dewormed at least four times between seven and sixteen weeks of age and then rechecked at six months and a year.

This intestinal parasite control program is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), due to the incidence of hookworm and roundworm infections in humans. While it is unusual for children to become infected with worms from their pets, we recommend a plan that includes good sanitation and parasite control to keep your family safe.

Visit the CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People site for information and guidance.