Parasite Prevention in Pets

Parasites are a dangerous problem for pets. They feast on your animal’s blood. In some cases, a parasite could give your pet an infection. Additionally, a parasite can end up giving your pet intestinal worms along with the initial parasitic outbreak. It's important to understand the risk of parasites and how to prevent them. At Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital in Walker Valley, NY, we can answer all of your questions. Serving Pinebush, Ellenville, and Walker Valley, our team of veterinarians can assist you with parasite prevention for your pet.


Dangers of Parasites 

Fleas are a nuisance to your pet, but they can also affect its health. For instance, when fleas infest your pet, this can lead to anemia, an issue that occurs when your pet doesn't have an adequate number of healthy red blood cells. This means your pet won't receive enough oxygen to its body’s tissues. Additionally, a flea could have a tapeworm. If your pet swallows this infected flea, it could end up with tapeworms. 

Fleas can also be bothersome. In fact, they can bite you and your family. Plus, they multiply quickly.  

Ticks are another parasite you want to protect your dog against. A tick can transfer diseases to your pet as it ingests your pet's blood. Your pet could develop Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever from a tick. 

Worms are another type of parasite and include various pests like roundworms, tapeworms, and heartworms. 

Preventing Parasites 

Some parasites are more difficult to get rid of than others. Some of the issues caused by parasites can affect your pet long-term. That’s why it’s important to get your pet medical attention right when you notice symptoms. A veterinarian from our practice can help you find a parasite prevention plan. For instance, we can provide your pet with a flea collar, spot-on treatment, oral medication, or spray. Our vet will discuss the benefist and risks of these methods and their effectiveness to help you decide on the ideal solution for your pet. Our veterinarian will also take your pet’s health into consideration. 

Parasite prevention is an important part of health care for pets. With caring and compassionate veterinarians like Dr. Christine Barnhorst and Dr. Barbara MacMullen at our animal hospital, you'll find a solution to keep your pet safe from parasites. Our vets can also diagnose and treat your pet if it contracts a parasite. 

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Our team of expert veterinarians can help you with a number of pet problems, including parasites. Book an appointment with us at Walker Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving Pinebush, Ellenville, and Walker Valley, NY, by calling (845) 744-8605 .

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