Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Catching a parasite can happen to any pet. The best way to protect your pet from encountering a parasite is prevention. However, if it’s too late, our veterinarians are equipped to treat them. There are a variety of parasites in the world, including heartworms, fleas and ticks. Their infestation can cause a varying degree of long-term medical conditions if left untreated. What’s even more concerning is if your pet is infected, it can affect the rest of your family. It’s important to get a handle on it as soon as possible or to keep up with the preventative measures our veterinarian’s supply. To get started, book an appointment with us at 780.444.1324.

What does a parasite infection look like?

Your pet’s reaction can vary depending on the parasite they have. From incessant scratching to white strings in their poop. It helps to know the kinds of parasites out there. Fleas are external parasites that cause a skin allergy, which is a common skin disease for dogs and cats. Ticks latch on to the skin and burrow in to feed on blood. Both can cause your pet to itch and gnaw at their skin. Heartworm, roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm are other parasites that can enter your pet’s bloodstream and create serious health problems. Heartworm parasites are passed on to dogs through mosquitoes. Hookworm and roundworm larvae may end up on your pet’s body/other surfaces, which, through licking, enters its abdominal system. The best form of treatment is early and regular prevention. Symptoms of a worm parasite are an occasional cough, fatigue, weight loss and difficulty breathing.

How are pets treated to remove and prevent parasites?

A monthly medication will help your pet avoid these parasites. If your dog or cat does contract a worm, our veterinarians will test their blood to determine which kind they are suffering from and what level the worm infestation has reached. A correct diagnosis is needed because the treatment for one worm is not the same as for another.

Is there anything else I can do to protect my pet from a parasite?

Everyday things you can do to keep your family safe, include regularly inspecting your pet’s feces and cleaning up after your dog at the park. Every pet parent has to do their part. Since parasites can be transported through stools, leaving no traces cuts down on a potential infestation in your neighbourhood. You also need to visually inspect your dog’s skin for signs of fleas during daily grooming. Routinely check for ticks after returning from an area known to have them, like wooded camping sites.

Date: Sept 17, 2021

Dear valued clients,

As you are aware, our region is seeing increased cases of COVID-19, and as a result more stringent pandemic response measures have been put in place by our government.

To ensure that we follow these new controls, our veterinary practice is returning to limited clinic access as well as drop off appointments with communications being over the phone or through a protective shield.

The details of this protocol are outlined below:

1. Clients are allowed only in the reception area, limited to 3 clients in at once, and 1 client in our cubicle. No clients will be allowed in the exam rooms with their pet at this time unless under special circumstances.

2. Pets MUST be in a carrier or in a proper fitting harness and leash. Aggressive dogs must arrived with a proper fitting muzzle. If you do not have any of these please ask for them.

3. You must remain in your vehicle, or at least 6 feet away from our doors, while we treat your pet unless instructed otherwise.

4. You must have a phone with you at your appointment so that we can contact you about your pet. If we cannot contact you and obtain consent to treat your pet, your appointment will be delayed, which will delay others.

5. Unfortunately, only 1 person will be allowed in the exam room for attended euthanasias.

6. Please allow up to 72 hours for your medications to be refilled, as well as messages to be returned by your veterinarian.

7. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, we won't know that until you come to the front desk to inform us. It is standard that our staff members ask everyone to wear a mask. Please do not be offended by this. We will find another way to accommodate you and your pet.

Our number one priority is client and staff safety while your pet continues to receive the care they deserve.

With this system, we hope to provide our medical services without compromising the health and safety of our dedicated team members.

With that in mind we thank you for your kindness and patience with us in advance as these circumstances place added responsibilities and stress on all of us.

These measures are temporary and we will reassess as new information is released. Please keep a lookout for any further updates from our team.

Together we can all help stop the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call us at 780-444-1324.

Please note that we are receiving more calls than usual. We apologize for any delays that you might experience when reaching out to us.

- The Team at Parkwest Pet Clinic.