How to Control Parasites in Pets
Your pet may be infected with an internal parasite at some point. Parasites can affect your animal in a variety of ways, either from just irritation or as a life-threatening condition. Some parasites can even be harmful to your family so parasite prevention is essential. Speak with our veterinarian in Tucson at Twin Peaks Veterinary Center to help you determine the right parasite control options for your pet.
There are several easy to use medications that can help with parasite prevention. Many veterinarians will recommend that you use these measures year-round, even if you are on vacation. If you miss doses, it’s always best to ask your vet for advice.
Watch for Signs of Illness
While some pets that are infected don’t show any signs, it's important to know what to look for when signs do appear. Each parasite will cause different symptoms, but the most common warning signs are vomiting, loss of appetite, or diarrhea. Signs of heartworms can include difficulty breathing and coughing. If you see any of these signs in your pet, be sure to speak with your veterinarian.
Keep Your Yard Free of Feces
Good sanitation is important to reduce the exposure to parasites. All dog feces should be picked up since many intestinal parasites are spread through contact. It’s important to not let your dog eat feces since different parasitic worms are often shed into the feces.
Don’t Let Your Pet Drink Standing Water
Standing water can be a breeding ground for parasites that causes diarrhea. You shouldn't let your pet drink from puddles or standing water and instead provide a fresh and clean source of water, to prevent your pet from getting water elsewhere.
Visit Your Local Veterinarian
Our veterinarian at Twin Peaks Veterinary Center in Tucson will let you know which parasites are problems for the area. We will let you know what to look out for, how parasites are transmitted, and the best parasite prevention measures for your needs. Our veterinarian can also do a standard fecal check to test for parasites during your pet’s regular check-up. Call us today at (520) 572-8300 to schedule an appointment.