Parasites like fleas, ticks, and worms are almost as pervasive as they are despised. They exist within almost every environment, including our ecosystem right here in Denver. Taking action to prevent these creepy crawlies from taking up residence on or in your pet is a necessity. We employ annual testing through fecal exams and year-round preventive medicine in our proactive approach to parasite control.
Our veterinary team will work with you to select the best strategy for preventing parasites based on the lifestyle and risk of exposure for your individual pet. Methods of prevention may include pills or chewable treats, in addition to topical treatments.
More details regarding particular parasites can be found below:
Fleas: These pesky critters are present year round, but tend to be most pervasive in the summer and fall. They can cause allergies, Bartonella, tapeworms, skin irritations, and more. In severe cases, fleas can cause anemia or even death. Controlling infestations as fast as possible is critical because a female flea can lay up to 50 eggs in a single day.
Ticks: Ticks are found in their highest concentrations in grassy or wooded areas. One method of prevention for ticks is making sure to carefully check your pet after spending time outside. Some of the dangerous diseases which ticks can transmit include Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, tick paralysis, Bartonella, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. This is one hitchhiker you do not want to take home with you.
Heartworms: Heartworms are transmitted through mosquito bites. They can be easily prevented, but once contracted they are extremely dangerous to your pet. Dogs are their natural hosts, but cats may also be susceptible to these brutal parasites. Although symptoms in the beginning stages may go without detection, once the worms get to a certain point they can cause irreversible organ damage and even prove fatal. Watch out for symptoms such as coughing, labored breathing, fatigue, and weight loss, and make sure that your pet regularly takes preventatives.
Intestinal Parasites: Some common intestinal parasites are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Although it is possible to contract these parasites at any lifecycle phase, puppies and kittens are often the most susceptible because their immune systems are not yet fully developed. Even humans can contract intestinal parasites! If your pet tests positive for intestinal parasites, deworming medication will be provided.