Preventing parasite infestation is a key element in keeping your pet healthy. The best way to ensure your pet does not contract parasites is to have regular wellness check-ups that include bloodwork and vaccinations. At Lafayette Veterinary Care Center, both bloodwork and vaccinations are included in our wellness package. Bloodwork is used to detect the presence of parasites, and vaccinations are used to prevent them. Additionally, the use of regular preventative medication will ensure your pet stays healthy and parasite-free.
Keeping Your Pet Healthy and Comfortable
There are Two Types of Parasites: Internal and External
Internal parasites are parasites that reside inside your pet’s body, either in the gastrointestinal tract or in the heart. Some of these, like heartworms can be deadly, so it’s important to make sure your pet is checked for parasites regularly. Common symptoms of heartworms include lethargy, aversion to exercise, and coughing. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, bring them in for a check-up. Unfortunately, heartworms are difficult to treat, so prevention is key.
Other internal parasites reside in the gastrointestinal tract. These parasites, like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and general malaise. Luckily, they can be easily treated with medication.
External parasites, like fleas and ticks, reside on the outside of your pet’s body. External parasites are extremely common and easy to attract. These parasites tend to cause dermatological issues rather than internal issues.
Still, external parasites can lead to infection and discomfort in your pet, so it’s important to prevent infestation and treat it quickly. Fleas can cause hair loss, anemia, skin infection, allergies, and uncomfortable itching, whereas ticks transmit other parasites and infections, such as tapeworms and Lyme disease. Because these parasites create discomfort for your pet and lead to other health issues, it’s important to prevent infestation from happening in the first place.
Our hospital is accredited through the American Animal Hospital Association. This means that we provide top-of-the-line care and service to pets and their owners. You can rest assured that the care you receive, whether it be regular veterinary care, like parasite prevention, or specialty care, like surgery, will be of the highest quality available. Our AAHA accreditation proves our dedication to quality veterinary service, and we are proud to be accredited through this organization.