Parasite Prevention and Treatment
Parasites are the biggest problem most healthy pets have. At Best Friends Veterinary Hospital in Crossville, TN, we are here to help you take care of your pet when it comes to battling parasites. Prevention is the key, but even with the best efforts, some parasites will manage to get through. We are here to help prevent problems, and to treat them when they arise.
Fleas and ticks
Fleas and ticks are the most common issue we have with pets. There are preventative types of medicine and vaccines that will keep them off away from your pet in most cases. One common pest pets deal with are ticks and one question we often receive is how do ticks affect a dog. In an extreme case, ticks can make your dog very sick and they can even become fatal. For the most part, they are irritating. Ticks can cause Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme disease in dogs.
Fleas are another matter and are often hard to control. Dogs mostly get fleas when they go outside. Being outside at all, even for a minute, is enough time for fleas to get attached to your dog. This is why preventative medication is recommended. While ticks can cause severe illness, fleas are more of a nuisance for your dog. Additionally, they can easily spread to you and your home too.
There are lots of other kinds of pests as well, such as roundworms, which is an intestinal parasite. Most dogs get roundworms and it makes them sluggish. In some cases, it can cause diarrhea and generally hampers the health of the dog overall. Most puppies have worms, so it is good to get treatment when they are very young. The worms will eat the food meant for your dog, subtracting from its health. A sign of roundworms and other intestinal parasites is a bloated belly. You may also see them in the dog's stool.
Heartworm is another major parasite for dogs and can be fatal if not treated. The best way to take care of this issue is to give them heartworm medication from an early age. As the name implies, heartworms get inside the heart and cause major damage. They will eventually kill the dog if not treated. There is treatment available, and a veterinarian may want to test your dog for heartworm during the yearly physical exam. A low persistent cough, being fatigue, and weight loss are signs of heartworm.
Come see us!
Call Best Friends Animal Hospital today to get your pet examined, or to get your pet checked if you suspect there may be parasites present. Checking for parasites is part of a regular physical exam, and we recommend having one each year. For finest veterinary care in the Crossville area, call or text (931)459-2006 to schedule an appointment today!