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Having a pet that is free of parasites is very important for the overall health of your animal. Many parasites can be avoided with regular preventative medication. There are many diseases that come from parasites that can cause a great deal of damage to your pet or even be fatal. Anemia, heartworm disease, and Lyme disease are all potentially fatal illnesses that can be easily prevented. By simply treating your pet regularly with parasite prevention medication you will be able to save your pet the agony of having to withstand treatment should he or she contract a disease caused by parasites.
Typically, parasite prevention treatment is either a topical or oral treatment. Common tick prevention medications, such as Frontline and K9 Advantix, are topical treatments that are applied monthly. The liquid topical is administered directly to the skin. The liquid is absorbed and works to protect your pet for 30 days. Another tick and flea treatment option is a spray. While the sprays are effective, they have been known to cause allergies in animals. Sprays can be used in conjunction with topical medication. For worms and other intestinal parasites, oral medication is usually prescribed. Heartgard and Nexgard are both oral medications taken monthly. These preventatives are effective at stopping heartworm, roundworm, and hookworm in your pets.
Despite our best efforts sometimes our animals become sick from parasites. In some cases, such as roundworm and hookworm, a simple de-wormer can work wonders to eliminate the worms. In particularly troublesome cases multiple courses of de-wormer may be necessary. Heartworm disease, however, can be more complicated. Your veterinarian will first work with you to make sure your pet is stable enough to receive treatment. In dogs, heartworm disease can be treated with strong medication over an extended period of time. In cats however, this same drug is not approved for use. Working together with your veterinarian is key to ensure your cat remains healthy while fighting heartworm disease. If your pet has been exposed to ticks it is a good idea to first have your pet tested for Lyme disease. If in fact your pet tests positive your veterinarian will be able to recommend the correct course of action.
Finding a good veterinary hospital you know and trust can be difficult. The experts at Trinity Pet Hospital are here to help. Located in Laguna Hills our expert and caring staff are here to help with any questions you may have about parasite prevention. Our office is conveniently located at 24861 Alicia Pkwy Ste D, Laguna Hills, CA 92653. Call us today at 949-768-1314 to set up an appointment. We look forward to helping your pet stay healthy and happy.