Despite their small size, parasites can significantly impact your dog or cat's health. Protect your beloved pet from various internal and external parasites with our preventive measures. To discover more about our parasite prevention plans, feel free to reach out to us at 613-384-0986.
Which parasites can my dog or cat contract?
Cats and dogs are susceptible to both external and internal parasites. External parasites usually stay on the surface of the skin, causing irritation. For example, ticks hide themselves in your pet’s coat until they find the perfect spot to bite and draw blood. On the other hand, internal parasites live inside your dog or cat’s body, often in their bloodstream, organs or tissues. For example, heartworms can live inside the heart, lungs and blood vessels. Some other examples of harmful parasites include:
How effective are parasite preventives?
Preventives are the most effective way to protect your dog or cat against parasites. Parasites pose a range of risks to your pet, including transmitting harmful diseases that can even be passed on to humans. There are some home remedies or products available on the market that claim to be natural remedies to prevent parasites. Although they could provide some protection in the short term, they often leave your dog or cat more susceptible to parasites.
How do preventives work?
Based on their risk for contracting certain parasites, we’ll determine if one or a combination of preventives is most effective to provide broad-spectrum protection. Preventives are typically available in a few forms, including topical creams, oral medication and injections. It’s also important that your dog or cat take precautions year-round, not just in the warmer months since some parasites pose higher risks throughout all seasons.