While fleas and ticks are the most well-known parasites, they aren't the only parasites that can harm your pet. Other common parasites with disastrous effects on animals include mites, lice, heartworm, intestinal worms, and other prevailing parasites. The danger of parasites to a pet's health ranges from minor irritation to severe conditions that, if left untreated, can be fatal.
Fortunately, if parasites are wreaking havoc on your pet's health, you can book an appointment with our veterinarians at TLC for Pets in Reisterstown. Our team will help you manage your pet's health and prevent parasites from infecting him or her.
Preventing External Parasites
A flea infestation can be a problem not only for the animal but also for their human owners. The constant scratching and itching can lead to skin infections, and fleas can set up a home in your furnishings, carpeting, or bedding. A variety of flea prevention products are available for pets. Our veterinarians can advise you on the best option for your pet's needs. Ticks can also be picked up on a walk outdoors. These pests carry diseases that can make your pet very sick. Flea prevention products generally contain ingredients to control ticks as well, so your pet is fully protected.
Preventing Internal Parasites
Your pet can catch internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, from areas where other animals walk and play or objects such as toys or water bowls. These internal pests can cause intestinal problems and interfere with your pet receiving proper nutrition. Our vets can provide testing for internal parasites and advise you on medications for your pet to eliminate the worms when present.
Prevention of Heartworm Disease
Heartworms are microscopic pests that are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. The tiny worms get into the bloodstream and migrate to the heart and lungs. There, they grow and reproduce, crowding out the animal's vital organs. Weakness, poor health, and even death can result. Our veterinarians can prescribe heartworm medications your pet can receive orally once a month to prevent heartworms. An injectable form is also available that protects against heartworms for six months.
Choose TLC for Pets As Your Veterinarian for Parasite Prevention
Dr. Lucas, Dr. Goode, and our professional staff are committed to providing quality, compassionate care for all their patients in Reisterstown, Owings Mills, and surrounding communities. We offer vaccinations, spay and neuter surgery, general surgery, diagnostics, microchipping, dental care, and more. We also provide care for birds, reptiles, and other small animals. Contact TLC for Pets today at 410-833-1717 for an appointment or to learn about the effective ways we can protect your pet from parasites.