PARASITE SCREENING AT SPRING OAKS ANIMAL CARE CENTER
Even if you’re used to owning multiple pets, you may be harboring more creatures in your home than your realize– or rather, your pet is harboring them inside his body. Parasites can do massive harm to your pet’s health, from malnutrition and digestive system emergencies to cardiopulmonary failure. That’s why screening for these unwanted guests plays an important role in safeguarding your pet’s wellness, a service your veterinarian in Deland is more than happy to perform here at Spring Oaks Animal Care Center.
THE DANGERS OF PARASITES
Parasites may spend most of their time invisible to the outside world, but their presence is felt in a big way in the animal community. Pets are highly vulnerable to destructive organisms such as:
- Heartworms – Heartworms start out as mosquito-injected larvae and grow into long, thin worms that clog the heart and lungs, doing potentially fatal damage and seriously impairing your pet’s health.
- Hookworms – Hookworms are common in dogs, partly because a mother can transmit them to her puppies through milk. They can also enter through the skin, causing external lesions as well as serious digestive problems such as malnutrition.
- Roundworms – Roundworms lurk in soil, water and fecal matter. In addition to causing intestinal and lung problems in pets, they can also spread to your human family members to damage the brain, liver and other organs.
- Whipworms – Whipworms can take up residence in the intestine and feed on the blood supply there. These whip-shaped worms can sometimes cause intestinal infections.
- Tapeworms – Tapeworms are long, flat worms transmitted through flea bites. these intestinal worms steal nutrients from the body, causing animals to lose weight rapidly.
- Coccidia and Giardia – Coccidia and Giardia are bacteria that contaminate water and fecal material. They cause severe, possibly life-threatening diarrhea and intestinal diseases (coccidiosis and giardiasis).
PARASITE SCREENING, TREATMENT AND PREVENTION FROM YOUR DELAND VETERINARIAN
Your Deland veterinarian at Spring Oaks Animal Care Center screens for parasites through detailed lab testing. Examination of fecal samples can reveal the presence of eggs or worms. Most pets who aren’t already on a broad-spectrum heartworm preventative should be screened 2 to 4 times a year. (Many drugs that prevent heartworm infestation also control other types of worms.) We can perform de-worming as needed to help prevent major parasitic infestations. Pets suffering from Giardiasis or coccidiosis may need antibiotics, anti-parasitic drugs and dehydration treatment.
In addition to prescribing preventative medications, your veterinarian in Deland can offer valuable preventative pet care tips to keep parasites at bay between vet visits, from household hygiene to flea control.
Schedule Pet Preventative Care Today
Protect your pet against the threat of internal parasites by providing him with this critical form of pet preventative care, starting with that all-important initial screening. First-time patients receive a free consultation, so call (386) 736-6747 to set up a time to introduce your pet to our veterinary team!