Internal and external parasites can be a serious problem for pets and their owners. Not only can parasites pose a major health risk to your pet, but they can spread to you and your family as well. It is important to control parasites in your pet to protect your family. Even healthy pets are at risk of acquiring parasites. We recommend that pets are kept on heartworm preventative year round and flea and tick preventative 9 of 12 months.
Annual heartworm testing is recommended by the manufacturers of Heartgard to ensure that no doses were missed (or vomited up from the pet) and that the pet did not incur heartworms as a result. If annual heartworm testing is performed annually and your pet is on Heartgard year round and an annual fecal exam is performed, the manufacturer will pay for treatment of round worms, hook worms and heartworms should your pet test positive for any of these.
Types of Parasites
Intestinal parasites include four common worms and a few species of microscopic protozoan. The most common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Coccidia, toxoplasmosis and giardia are a few varieties of the protozoa.
External parasites include fleas, ticks, mites, and lice. These parasites not only cause discomfort, scratching, and skin infections but they can also transmit several serious diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Babeseosis, Tularemia, Typhus, Plague, Hemobartonellosis, and more.
It is important to have a fecal sample checked twice a year for the presence of eggs or parasites. Dogs that have a lot of contact with other animals, that frequent dog parks, kennels, boarding facilities, and groomers, or have abnormal feces, should have a fecal checked more frequently. Once we identify the specific parasites, the proper treatment can be started. With regular examinations and testing, we can help protect your pet and family against internal and external parasites. Call us today to review parasite life cycles with you and discuss treatment options.
I really feel like everytime I bring my pets in everyone makes me feel like my babies are their babies makes me feel super comfortable with the care that is provided. Not just another appointment you need to see.
I love how friendly everyone is, the moment you walk in the door you feel welcome. The care you have given my pets is exceptional, having alternative therapies and ways of treating animals is very important to me. Let's not leave out your outstanding communication with making follow up phone calls to see how my pet is doing and of course the compassion you show after the loss of a pet, the little extras you do mean a lot.
Bluff's pet clinic has always been great, honest, and genuinely caring. We moved away a few years ago and switched to a different vet. Well, it was then really realized how great Buffs is. There was no comparison. Bluffs is far superior. We have returned to Bluffs's and it's worth the drive!
I was so happy with the care Max got at The Bluffs. Your team is fantastic! Steve was fabulous and took a liking to Max right away, a true animal lover! They did not rush us and gave us many suggestions about him not taking to a litter pan (Good luck for us with that) He is getting neutered on November 28th. Looking forward to our next visit. Thank you so much!
I love how everyone interacts with my pet. They were so considerate of my feelings as well. Our previous vet clinic did not really interact with my dog. They just treated her like a piece of equipment that needed to be fixed. It was so impersonal. For this reason, we go to the Bluffs Clinic, where we feel understood and cared for.