Parasite Prevention

Every Pet, All Year Long

Administering year-round broad-spectrum parasite control is crucial for your pet’s well-being. This regimen should effectively target heartworm, intestinal parasites, fleas, and ticks. Ensuring control of parasites, especially those with zoonotic potential, is essential not just for your pet’s health but for the entire household’s safety.

Year-round prevention is key to making sure your pet is protected from these pests or the diseases they may carry. Don’t overlook the problems they can cause: Fleas often trigger dermatitis, tapeworm and hot spots; one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and mosquitoes carry potentially deadly heartworm.

In addition to preventive medications, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis if they’ve been outdoors. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt.

Our team adhears to the parasite guidelines from the CAPC, or Companion Animal Parasite Council. For more information on these guidelines, please visit their site here or to see the prevalence of certain parasites by region, click here.

Parasite Testing and Protection Guided by Veterinarians

To ensure your pet’s ongoing health and well-being, regular preventive care is essential. This includes conducting scheduled check-ups every 12 months for adult pets, and every 6 months for senior pets. These routine physical examinations help catch any potential health issues early and allow for timely intervention for parasite-related illnesses.

During your pet’s annual exam, your veterinarian will diligently check for any signs of illness caused by parasites. This thorough examination includes assessing for common indicators of parasitic infestations, such as checking for visible parasites or their eggs on your pet’s coat or skin, examining fecal samples for evidence of intestinal parasites, and evaluating any symptoms or irregularities that might suggest a parasitic infection. Our goal goal during the annual exam is to identify and promptly address any potential issues caused by parasites to ensure your pet’s continued health and well-being.

  • Heartworm disease can be devastating for pets, especially dogs. It’s crucial to conduct annual heartworm testing for dogs and cats before starting heartworm preventive measures, followed by regular testing as recommended by your veterinarian.
  • In areas where tick-borne diseases are prevalent, annual testing for tick-transmitted pathogens is highly recommended. This is especially important to safeguard your pet’s health, as these diseases can be serious if left untreated.
  • Fecal examinations, particularly using centrifugation, are vital for assessing your pet’s gastrointestinal health. Puppies and kittens should undergo these exams at least four times in their first year, while adults should have them at least twice a year, based on their health and lifestyle factors.
  • In regions where Lyme disease is prevalent, consider vaccinating your dog against Borrelia burgdorferi to prevent this serious tick-borne illness.

Tailoring parasite control programs to your pet’s local parasite prevalence and their individual lifestyle is crucial. This personalized approach ensures effective prevention and control of parasites that might affect your pet.

Before your pet visits shared animal facilities or boarding spaces, it’s essential to confirm their recent parasite testing and ensure they’re up-to-date on comprehensive parasite control measures. This precaution helps maintain the health of your pet and those they may encounter in shared environments.

By prioritizing regular preventive care, you’re investing in your pet’s long-term health and happiness.

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Pet owners in the Cumming, Georgia, area trust Big Creek Animal Hospital for parasite prevention services. Contact us today to learn more and Make An Appointment for your pet.

What's Next

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    Call us or schedule an appointment online.

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    Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.

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    Put a plan together for your pet.