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Parasite Prevention and Control at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic

Not only are parasites a danger to your pet, but they can spread to human members of the family, too. From fleas to ticks and heartworm, these creatures wreak havoc. That’s why, at the first sign of parasite infestation, it’s best to bring your cat or dog to receive parasite treatment from an NE veterinarian.

We’ll now explain how to prevent and control parasites.


Parasite Prevention

Fleas: Itchy and uncomfortable, fleas are incredibly small. Not only that, but they like to burrow deep within the fur of an animal. Pets may be mostly asymptomatic, too, only scratching a bit more than usual.

It can be nearly impossible for the untrained eye to find fleas in a pet. If you suspect your pet may have fleas, bring them into a vet immediately before these creatures spread.

Ticks: Ticks are also microscopic in size. Like a flea infestation, your pet may not exhibit many symptoms. It’s only when the infestation has progressed will symptoms manifest. In rare cases, a pet may have tick paralysis.

This generally comes on slowly, and includes symptoms like muscle paralysis, hind limb weakness, increased heart rhythm and rate, increased blood pressure, regurgitating food, nausea, and vomiting.

Tick paralysis is considered a medical emergency and requires immediate attention.

Heartworm: Although it’s more common in dogs, cats can get heartworm, too. This parasite is spread by mosquito bites. Heartworm is not contagious, so if you have more than one pet and one has heartworm, the others won’t get it.

At first, your pet will appear fine if they have heartworm. Over time, you may notice your pet seems more lethargic. They may cough more. To prevent heartworms from spreading, take your pet to the vet at the first sign of trouble.

Parasite Control

To prevent another instance of parasite re-infestation, talk to your NE vet. They will suggest the following measures for the long-term health of your pet:

  • Watch where you walk your dog or let your cat wander outside to avoid fleas and ticks.
  • Keep mosquitos away from your pet when outdoors.
  • Take your pet in for regular veterinary exams to detect the early signs of parasite infestation.
  • Get your pet on flea, tick, and heartworm control medication. This medication can be administered at home throughout the year. Keep your prescription up-to-date.

About All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, Your Veterinarian in Omaha

Do you need parasite treatment or parasite control for your pet in NE? Come see us at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, your veterinarian in Omaha. We also offer dental services, surgery, and other forms of medical care for your four-legged friends.

We’re led by Dr. Kathy Stevens. Dr. Stevens is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she studied wound management and surgery. In 1987, she opened the All Creatures clinic. She expanded it to include exotic and small pets after a decade in service.

To learn more or schedule an appointment today, give us a call at 409-399-8224. You can also visit us at All Creatures Veterinary Clinic on 8626 Frederick Street.