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Parasite prevention is an important part of overall veterinary care for your pet. Dogs and cats can be vulnerable to a number of different types of parasites that can make them miserable, infest your home or cause serious illness. At Montrose Veterinary Clinic, we can provide testing for parasites and heartworm prevention options that will keep your pet free of parasites.
Heartworms are transmitted into your pet by the bite of a mosquito. The mosquito feeds on the blood of infected animals and then can carry the immature tiny heartworms to another animal, infecting it through its bite. These small worms then migrate to the lungs and hearts of animals and reproduce, making them increasingly sick. Symptoms of heartworm infestation include constant coughing, breathing difficulty, and exercise intolerance, enlargement of the liver and fluid retention in the abdomen. The infestation can lead to the animal’s death if not treated, and treatment is not always successful. Prevention is the best strategy, and medications are available to prevent the worms from making a home in your pet. If you have questions about the risk of getting heartworms, your Houston veterinarian can provide detailed information.
Pets can also acquire worms from the waste left by other animals. Roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are a common problem that can sicken your pet. Symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss, poor appearance, and vomiting are signs of possible infestation with worms. You may even see worms in feces or vomit. Your vet in Houston can provide medication to eliminate worms. Medications against heartworm will also protect your pet from roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
External parasites like fleas and ticks can also cause health problems. Fleas can cause constant scratching and allergic reactions from the bites. These tiny insects can also infest your home. Ticks attach themselves to animals and can transmit diseases like Lyme disease, babesiosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Regular use of flea and tick prevention products will protect your pet from these pests. A variety of different forms are available, such as powders, sprays, spot-on treatments and oral medications.
The team at Montrose Veterinary Clinic understands how important your pet is to you and your family. We provide a full range of veterinary services to ensure that patients in Houston, TX and surrounding areas have compassionate, comprehensive care during every stage of life. We can help you prevent internal and external parasites and can treat these problems when they occur. Call Montrose Veterinary Clinic today at (713) 524-3814 for an appointment to learn about options for preventing heartworm and other types of parasites.