Animal Care Clinic Tips

Nov 23, 2009 5:35 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

Parasite Prevention

Part of maintaining pet wellness and nurturing the human-animal bond involves ensuring that your pets are parasite free.

Flea and tick control seems to get more complicated every day as new products hit the market and fleas develop resistance to older ones. On top of that, some internet companies carry less effective or even counterfeit product.

In many cases, prevention is better than treatment and using drugs that prevent flea growth and reproduction is the key to flea control.

While external parasites can ruin a pet's life, internal parasites are potentially more dangerous to humans. Dogs and cats frequently carry roundworms and hookworms. In low numbers these parasites do not bother our pets, however if they should infest an immunosuppressed person, especially a small child, they can do severe damage, even causing blindness. We recommend every dog and every outdoor cat that uses a litterbox have an annual fecal evaluation for parasites. We also recommend year ‘round intestinal parasite control.

In many cases we can combine flea and intestinal parasite control into one product.

There is no single product that can be called "best" for parasite control. Before purchasing parasite control products, let us evaluate your pets' risks and environment along with your budget and application preferences.

We are available M-F 7:30-6, Sat 9-3 and Mondays until 8 p.m.

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