The best way to keep your pet healthy and happy is through preventative care. To protect your pet from parasites, it is important to practice preventative measures, schedule regular exams, and watch out for symptoms of parasite infestation. If you see that your pet is showing signs of heartworm, you should take him to a veterinarian right away. At Arrow Animal Hospital, we have been providing pet owners in Los Lunas, NM with parasite prevention and treatment services for many years.
Signs & Symptoms
If your pet has become infected with a parasite, you may notice sluggish behavior, decreased appetite, scratching of ears and skin, pale gums, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You may also notice evidence of an intestinal parasite being present. There are many cases where your pet may not even develop any symptoms of a parasite infestation. This is why it is highly important to have your pet regularly assessed by our veterinarian. If you want to know “how do ticks affect a dog,” we can help. Within 3-5 days of tick attachment, you will notice symptoms that are at their peak in the first 24 to 48 hours.
Before learning how to prevent parasite infections such as roundworms and fleas in your pet, you may ask “How does a dog get fleas?” Your dog will likely pick up fleas outside during close contact with pets or other wildlife. Prevention is the best way to keep your pet safe from these infestations. Follow these tips to prevent your pet from parasitic infections:
- De-worm all puppies at the ages of 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks
- Take your pet to have it examined at least once a year by a veterinarian
- Feed your pet a well-balanced diet and add vitamins to help keep its immune system strong
- Provide your pet with plenty of fresh water
- Make sure your yard is always clean and watch your pet while it is outside so it does not come in contact with fluid, feces, or other animals
Treatment for parasitic infections will depend on whether the parasite lives outside the body such as ticks, fleas, and mites, or inside the body such as heartworm or roundworms. The majority of parasites such as ticks and fleas can be treated with topical medication. Anti-parasite products will require you to obtain a prescription from a vet. If your pet is suffering from heartworm infestation, an injection will be administered to kill the parasites.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian in Los Lunas, NM
Call Arrow Animal Hospital today at (505) 865-1826 for more information on parasite prevention and treatment or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.