Paradise Animal Hospital offers Parasite Prevention and Treatment For Pets
Parasite prevention is an important part of pet health care. Animals can acquire both internal and external parasites that can make them extremely sick. At Paradise Animal Hospital in Augusta, GA, we offer a broad range of paradise prevention to keep pets healthy.
How Does A Dog Get Fleas?
Dogs can pick up a flea hiding in the grass on any of their walks around the neighborhood or romps through the woods. Once on board, they feed on the blood of the animal through their bites, deposit eggs on the animal and the indoor environment and make more fleas.
Cats can get fleas just as easily. Once entrenched, flea control requires considerable time and expense to eliminate. Flea prevention products come in a variety of forms, including sprays, powders, collars and spot-on treatments. Oral forms are also available. The important part is to use them regularly to keep your pet free of pests.
How Do Ticks Affect Dog Health?
Ticks attach themselves to the body of animals and can transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis and anaplasmosis. Flea and tick prevention products will prevent ticks from feeding on your pet and eliminate the risk of contracting these diseases.
Intestinal Parasite Problems
Pets can pick up roundworms, hookworms and tapeworms from other animals or from outdoor areas where they walk and go to the bathroom. Internal parasites can affect your pet's health, causing diarrhea, sluggish behavior and loss of weight. Your veterinarians can help with treatments to eliminate intestinal worms, so you pet can continue to thrive.
Heartworm disease is caused by a microscopic worm that is transmitted to cats and dogs through the bite of a mosquito. The worms travel through the bloodstream to the heart and lungs where they reproduce, crowding out the animal’s organs and making the animals very sick.
Signs of heartworm disease include cough, difficulty breathing, lethargy and weight loss. If left untreated, heartworm disease can lead to death. Treatment for heartworm disease is available, but is lengthy, expensive and may not always work. Prevention is the best measure, and your vet can provide heartworm prevention medication in oral or injectable form to reduce the risk to your pet.
Make Paradise Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Augusta, GA
Dr. Knittel and the team at Paradise Animal Hospital provide individualized care for each of their patients in Augusta, GA and surrounding areas. We offer many veterinary services for pets, including wellness exams, vaccinations, dental care, microchipping, diagnostics, surgery and emergency care. Call Paradise Animal Hospital today at 706-860-4544 for an appointment to learn about parasite prevention measures for your pet.