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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites can be harmful, which is why it’s important to pest-proof your pet. Parasites can come in various forms, like internal and external. A parasite control plan that covers your pet’s insides and outsides ensure they’re protected against the negative effects of infections and other health complications caused by parasites.

What parasite prevention options does my pet have?

It’s important to give your pet year-round parasite prevention medicine. Depending on if the medicine targets internal or external parasites (or a combination of both), oral and topical options are available. If your pet doesn’t like the taste of their chews, you can try disguising it. For example, you can wrap your dog’s chews in something yummy like cheese or peanut butter. It’s important to remember to give your pet their recommended dosage in the recommended time frame to enhance its effectiveness. Missing a dosage could put your pet in jeopardy. Please contact our team if you haven’t set up a prevention plan for your pet at 204.488.1843.

What do they protect against?

Preventives can protect your pets against preventable external parasites like fleas, ticks and ear mites. Preventable internal parasites the medications fight against are heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm. If the medications are taken as directed, it’s unlikely your pet will be infected by a parasite. We might recommend a combination of medications to ensure your pet has a broad range of coverage against parasites. Though the likelihood is small, it’s not impossible. However, prevention is better than cure when it comes to parasites.

How can I pest-proof my home?

Along with medications, there are a few things you can do at home to limit the likelihood of your pet being infected by parasites, including:

  • Stay away from parasite preventive home remedies that might cause more harm than good
  • Ensure you maintain good hygiene after handling your pet’s poop or lite box
  • Keep your pet’s living space as clean as possible, free of clutter
  • Cover garbage cans and remove any food you might’ve left outside for your pets to not lure parasite carriers
  • Update your parasite prevention plan if you end up relocating to a new area that could make your pet more susceptible to certain infections