During warmer times of the year, parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms can cause a great deal of discomfort for cats and dogs. If you believe your pet is suffering from parasites, or if you are looking for preventative medication to keep parasites at bay, contact Coral Gables Animal Hospital to make an appointment with one of our veterinarians. In addition to taking care of flea, tick, and heartworm problems, our veterinary care team is available to handle routine checkups and emergencies.
What Parasites Can Do to Pets
Most parasites cause some type of distress to dogs or cats. Fleas can cause itchiness and rashes on the skin if a pet has an allergic reaction to these parasites. A tick that adheres to a pet's skin can cause inflammation in the affected area. Ticks are also carriers of Lyme disease. Heartworms that make their way to the pulmonary cavities of a pet can cause severe respiratory troubles, organ malfunctions, and eventually death.
How To Help Your Pet Avoid Parasites
Take steps to help protect your dog or cat from parasites. For heartworms, eliminate water sources around your home. Heartworms are transferred to a pet through the bloodstream via infected mosquitoes. Mosquitoes congregate around stagnant water as they use it for breeding areas. Use citronella candles around the home when your pet is outdoors to help keep the mosquitoes away.
Fleas and ticks are found in both wooded and grassy areas. Make sure to keep on top of any landscaping tasks around the home. Consider using a pest control service to tend to your lawn to eliminate parasites as well. Make sure to spot check your pet after they spend time outdoors.
How Veterinary Care Can Help With Parasites
A pet with a parasite problem will require medication. For heartworm disease, unfortunately, cats do not have a medication that works at stopping the disease. Dogs, however, can be given medication in a pill form to kill heartworms in the body. Fleas and ticks can be eliminated with a topical medication. A flea, tick, or heartworm problem can be prevented with medication given to your pet on a routine basis. Our vet will check over your pet's medical condition in detail and make recommendations on what type of action to take to eliminate or prevent parasites from causing difficulties for your pet.
Pest Prevention For Pets in Coral Gables, FL
Call our veterinarians at Coral Gables Animal Hospital today at (305) 667-5821 if your pet is suffering from a flea, tick, or heartworm problem. If you are concerned that your furry friend may be exposed to these parasites either at home or perhaps on vacation, call us today and we can provide some preventative treatment to keep your pet safe from these pests.