Parasite Prevention for Dogs & Cats
Protecting your pets against the dangers of parasites is a life-long commitment. The veterinarians at Lucerne Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to protecting your pets from the suffering and health risks of parasites, both inside and out.
Preventing Fleas, Ticks, Worms & Other Organisms
All cats and dogs are susceptible to parasite infestations. Most puppies and kittens acquire internal parasites from their mothers, regardless of how thoroughly their mother was dewormed. Internal parasites can affect the ability to absorb nutrients, hamper growth, damage immunity, and harm the lining of the intestinal tract. In every case, your pet’s health suffers.
External parasites include fleas, ticks, and mites. These pests cause problems for your pets, from mild discomfort to extreme irritation and pain. Allergies, skin conditions, infections, even serious diseases result from even one bite of an external parasite.
Wellness care and planning include testing to determine the presence of any parasites, treatment if needed, and preventives to keep your pets from further harm.
Personal Parasite Prevention
At each wellness visit, we assess pet health and develop a parasite prevention plan tailored to the needs of each individual dog and cat. However, our general recommendations for parasite prevention in dogs and cats are outlined here:
Remember, internal and external parasites plague all dogs and cats. The health of your pet depends upon preventing these troublesome and dangerous pests from taking up residence in and on your animal companions.
Learn more about parasite diseases of pets.
Fleas & Treatment
While prevention is always the best, most comfortable, and least costly option, fleas can be relentless. On occasion, some pet owners may find themselves with a flea infestation. If that occurs, we offer help and support in treating this problem:
This step-by-step plan should help you address even a difficult flea problem.
Comprehensive Pet Health & Wellness Care
A comprehensive physical exam, laboratory testing, and pet owner observations contribute greatly to our recommendations for the health care plan. Learn more about our wellness care, immunizations for disease prevention, and tick disease in your pets.
Contact our hospital to schedule a wellness exam for your dog or cat.