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Parasite Prevention

Flea and Tick Prevention from Your Stockton Veterinarian

External parasites are threats for all dogs and cats, regardless of their lifestyle or environment, and prevention is always easier than treatment. Every dog and cat should be on a parasite prevention regimen, to kill adult parasites and prevent further infestation. At Venetian Pet Hospital, we take this task very seriously. Flea and tick prevention is a huge part of every patient’s wellness care, and we offer tick and flea treatment for pets who are already infested.

Is your dog or cat protected from fleas and ticks? If not, make sure you understand why parasite prevention matters.

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Internal Parasites

Pets often acquire internal parasites that live in their gastrointestinal tracts. These tiny pests can lead to nutritional problems, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and anemia. Hookworms, roundworms, and tapeworms are commonly found in pets. You may begin to suspect internal parasites if your notice your pets have a distended abdomen, is frequently vomiting, coughing, or are scooting their butts on the floor. Fecal testing can determine the presence of these pests in animals, so your vet can administer medications to eliminate the worms. Internal parasites can be a particular problem for young animals, and our Stockton veterinarians can provide safe and effective deworming products for your puppy or kitten.

External Parasite Prevention

Your pet can pick up fleas and ticks in your back yard or on romps in wooded areas. Fleas have an extended life cycle that can infest your pet and your home for months. These tiny insects, which hop around, can lay eggs in your carpeting, your upholstery, and your bedding. Regular treatments with flea prevention products can help your pet avoid getting these parasites. Ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, and tick paralysis. Flea and tick products will also provide protection against these pests. Shampoos, powders, sprays, collars, and spot-on treatments must be used regularly to provide protection from fleas and ticks.

Parasite Prevention Options for Your Pet

Today, many types of products are available to make parasite prevention easier for pet owners. Some products combine heartworm medication with hookworm and roundworm prevention, so only one medication is needed. Injectable products that have longer-lasting protection have also made preventing parasites easier. Your veterinarian can advise you on the best product for your individual pet’s needs.

Make Venetian Pet Hospital Your Veterinarians in Stockton, CA

Dr. Varon utilizes his extensive training in veterinary medicine to ensure the health of their patients in Stockton, CA, and the surrounding areas. We offer many services for pets, including wellness care, dental care, preventative measures, diagnostics, surgery, orthopedic care, cold laser therapy, and microchipping. Call Venetian Pet Hospital today at (209) 477-3926 for an appointment to learn about the best ways to protect your pet against parasites.