Parasite Prevention and Treatment

All About Pet Parasite Prevention

Parasites are an ugly fact of life when it comes to having pets. We must protect them from parasites that can make their lives uncomfortable, that can lead to other medical conditions, and that may even lead to death. For those in the Largo, FL area, Midway Animal Hospital can help with all your animal care needs.

What Are Heartworms?

One of the deadliest parasites that affect domesticated animals are heartworms. These can be spread through the bite of a mosquito. These worms proliferate and damage a pet’s heart. These worms can cause a host of problems leading up to the death of your animal. Knowing how to spot signs that your pet may be infected can mean the difference between life and death.

Symptoms and Signs of Heartworm

There are a few telltale signs you can watch for that might suggest your pet is suffering from heartworm, roundworms, or other intestinal parasites. In most cases, any sort of parasite is going to make your pet tired or sluggish. Your pet may not act the way he normally does and he may be less alert and less willing to play. In many cases, parasites cause symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting, loss of appetite, inability to keep food down, and even fever.

Parasite-related symptoms in pets don’t always advance at the same rate. If you suspect your pet may have heartworm or any other parasite, it is important to seek the help of a veterinarian as quickly as possible.

Other Parasites to Look out for

You may also have to deal with things like fleas and ticks with your pets. Asking questions like “how do ticks affect dog behavior” or “how does a dog get fleas” can help prepare you to protect your pet from these pests. Your pet can get ticks from going into wooded areas, from playing in dirt and sand, and from walking through tall grass. Fleas can spread in a similar manner.

Fleas and ticks are parasites that feed off of your pet’s blood. This can lead to anemia, lethargy, and so much more that can negatively affect the health of your pet.

What to Expect from Your Visit

When taking your pet to a veterinarian, you are going to see your pet have a full exam, possible blood work, and your vet may also suggest heartworm and flea and tick prevention for your pet. Here at Midway Animal Hospital, we’re here to help your pet stay free of parasites.