Protecting your pet from parasites is not your job alone. Caring for animals is a community driven mission. Our veterinarians at Lennox & Addington can help you create a near impenetrable parasite control and prevention plan to guard your pet from infestations. When pet owners commit to giving their pet the medication, they’re keeping them safe from parasites and ensuring the neighbourhood pets are secure too. To get your pet started on a parasite prevention plan, call us at 613-354-1020.
What is a parasite prevention plan?
A parasite prevention plan is a proactive method that protects your pet, and your community of animal lovers, from parasitic infestations. Keep in mind; when we detect a parasite, like heartworm, in a pet’s system this indicates other pets in the area may be vulnerable. However, if your pet is regularly given preventative medicine, there is some security in knowing that they’ll be safe.
How can a parasite prevention plan help my pet?
Parasite prevention plans include two things; medication and a strict schedule. When your pet is given protective medication on a regular basis, their immune system is able to fight off worms, mites, ticks or fleas that try to invade their body. Not only do prevention plans protect your pet, it stops them from bringing these parasites into your home that may harm other members of your family.
Are there different kinds of prevention plans?
Yes! Prevention plans are adjusted according to your pet’s dietary restrictions, lifestyle and tolerance. Some medication is given orally. However, if your pet is resistant to that we may have to provide them with topical options. We’ll also be able to teach you techniques to trick your pet into taking their prevention pill. We have medication that targets intestinal worms and parasites that will try to live on your pet’s skin. We also provide medicine that protects your pet from multiple parasites at once. Talk with your veterinarian to find out the best course of action for your pet.
What kind of parasites does the medication protect my pet from?
Worms live and reproduce in your pet’s body. Heartworms are transmitted through infected mosquitoes and can exist in your pet’s heart and bloodstream. Roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms live in your pet’s intestines. Mites, ticks, and fleas irritate your pet’s skin and cause them to itch and gnaw at their fur until they develop a serious external infection.