Pet Medical Center of Westerville Offers Parasite Prevention for Pets
Parasite prevention is an important part of your pet’s veterinary care. Both internal and external parasites can make pets sick and can even endanger their lives. A variety of products are available to control these parasites. At Pet Medical Center of Westerville in Westerville, OH, we offer testing, treatment, and prevention of parasites in pets.
Flea infestation is a common problem in pets. Your pet can pick up these tiny insects outdoors or from contact with other animals. Ticks can also be picked up from walking outdoors. These pests attach themselves to an animal and can transmit diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and babesiosis. Many different products are available to repel fleas and ticks, including shampoos, powders, sprays, collars, and spot-on treatments. Your vet can help you decide the best products for your pet’s needs.
Hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms are common in pets, especially in young animals. Sometimes, pets can acquire intestinal parasites and show no symptoms. However, if the problem is severe, it can cause diarrhea, weight loss, and worm segments in stool. Your vet can provide testing to determine if your pet has internal parasites and will administer medications that will eliminate the parasites if they are present.
Heartworms are worms are transmitted to pets through the bite of a mosquito. These tiny worms travel through the bloodstream to the heart and lungs, where they grow and reproduce, crowding out internal organs and making your pet very sick. Heartworm treatment is expensive and involves a number of medications and complete rest. Fortunately, preventative measures are inexpensive and very effective in protecting pets against this parasite. Prevention methods include an oral pill you administer monthly or an injectable form that lasts for six months. Your vet can help you decide which type is best for your pet.
Make Pet Center of Westerville Your Veterinarian in Franklin County
Dr. John Nowery and our team at Pet Center of Westerville have the knowledge and experience to ensure good health for our patients in the Westerville, OH, area. Our animal hospital offers a broad range of vet care services, including exams, vaccinations, dental care, allergy care, orthopedics, surgery, and nutritional counseling. Call Pet Center of Westerville today at 614-882-7700 for an appointment to learn about parasite prevention measures that can help keep your pet healthy.