External parasites (fleas and ticks), as well as internal parasites (heartworms, roundworms, whipworms, and hookworms), are not only a health threat to your pet, but to your family as well.
Many of these parasites are considered to be zoonotic, which means they can affect animals and humans too. Additionally, as anyone who has experienced an infestation of fleas in their home can attest, parasites can be difficult and expensive to eradicate.
Therefore, the best means to keep your pet, family and home safe from these pests is through prevention. Elmwood Small Animal Hospital stocks a wide range of parasite prevention medications and can help you select the right one for your pet. We have a variety of preventatives in oral and topical forms, as well as collars. We will also work with you to develop a program that best meets the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation.
We will look at possible exposure points, your pet’s activities and review with you the best ways to control fleas and ticks in your house, yard and on your pet. We will also discuss with you exposure risks for internal parasites, signs, and symptoms, and the best means to prevent infection.
With a little prevention, there is no reason why your pet and your family should have reason to fear these pests.