Parasite Control from Our Veterinarians in Danville, CA
When a pet has parasites, such as ticks and heartworms, it can be devastating. Not only do these parasites destroy the physical body of your pet, but they can be costly and time-consuming to treat. The best route to take is with parasite prevention. Here at Tassajara Veterinary Clinic in Danville, CA we provide complete parasite examinations and treatments, as well as flea, tick, and heartworm prevention.
Types of Pet Parasites
Your pet can be a host to any number of parasites throughout their life. Ear mites, coccidia, mange mites, giardia, fleas, and ticks are the most common types of pet parasites. These parasites can cause infections to spread among other pets, as well as humans.
Dogs and cats can also be infected with internal parasites known as worms. These include heartworms, whipworms, hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms. These parasites are life-threatening and may be transmitted to humans. Preventing worms in pets is paramount for the health and safety of both your pets and family members.
Importance of Parasite Control for Pets
As noted, if your pet has parasites this places them in danger, and can also lead to major health problems for the humans in your household. Many parasites can carry other pathogens which can infect your pet, and in some cases be transmitted to humans. Parasite control is vital to ensure that these pathogen-carrying parasites are not infecting your pets. Fortunately, with proper flea, tick, and heartworm prevention from your veterinarian near Danville, CA you protect your household from infestation.
How a Veterinarian Prevents and Treats Parasites
To start with, our veterinarian will conduct a thorough physical examination and medical history for your pet. This helps us identify any potential parasitic threats and ongoing infestation issues. We will then work with you to choose the right type of parasite preventative, and treatment if needed, for your pet.
This will vary depending on the type, size, age, activity level, environment, and health status of your pet. For example, a large sheepdog that lives outside on a farm will need a different type of preventative care for parasites compared to a house cat that rarely leaves the house.
Different Types of Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Prevention
The most common type of flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is an all-in-one treatment for many major types of parasites. This is typically in pill form and includes brands such as Heartgard and Nexgard. There are also topical medications which help to control parasites, as well as Seresto flea and tick collars.
Preventing Parasites at Your Home
In addition to visiting your vet for parasite prevention, we also recommend preventative tips your family can do at home. Always pick up feces left outside by your pet and keep sandboxes covered when not being used. Avoid eating food that has fallen on the ground. Also, wash your hands if you handle sand, dirt, or raw meat to prevent contamination. These tips can help you control the spread of parasites, such as tapeworms and roundworms.
Contact us and Meet Our Veterinarians near Danville, CA
Our veterinarians near Danville also treat patients in Black Hawk, San Ramon, Alamo, and Dublin, CA. Contact Tassajara Veterinary Clinic at (925) 736-8387 to request vet care including parasite control. All of our new clients receive a 50 percent discount on their first examination.