Animal Care Clinic Tips

Nov 23, 2009 5:19 PM by Bonnie Markoff, DVM, ABVP

Pet Parasites

I think Americans often feel that parasites are things found in the jungle and impoverished settlement camps. While we certainly see more parasites in warm, humid and unsanitary conditions, we are not immune to all sorts of creepy-crawly things here at home.

Our dogs and cats can be infested with ticks, fleas, mites and lice externally. Their intestines can be housing roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, giardia, coccidia and toxoplasmosis. They can have worms in their hearts and lungs.

Amazingly, many animals infested with several parasites will look and act perfectly normal. Some of these parasites carry and transmit infectious diseases like Lyme Disease, Feline Infectious Anemia and Ehrlichiosis. Some of these parasites cause severe disease on their own, and several of the parasites are transmissible to people who have compromised immune systems.

At Animal Care Clinic, we feel it is important to have all pets on an individually designed parasite
control program. No one can tell you which product is the best for controlling fleas on dogs in Central California. Choosing the right products or combination of products requires an analysis of your entire household: your pet's activities, the age & health of people living in your home, your feelings about drugs vs pesticides, your pets' health, your level of concern about various parasites, your family's travel history, product side effects and more.

Come in to or call Animal Care Clinic and we can help you design a parasite control program for your "family." We are open M-F 7:30-6, Sat 9-3 and Mondays until 8pm.



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