Heartworm disease can have a devastating effect on your pet's health. National Heartworm Awareness Month, observed annually in April, reminds pet owners about the health dangers this preventable d ...View Article
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Parasite Prevention & Control
At Breton Veterinary Hospital, we believe every pet deserves freedom from preventable pain and suffering. Parasites are common threats for local pets, but the consequences range from discomfort to death, so it's important to take advantage of all your prevention options. Fortunately, our Leonardtown veterinary hospital has a variety of products and solutions to keep your pets parasite-free.
Your pets depend on you to protect the, from fleas, ticks, mites, heartworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and other parasites. Learn more about our Leonardtown parasite control options, including preventative medication for at-home use and de-worming treatments for existing infestations.
Skin parasites aren't always as threatening as intestinal or cardiovascular parasites, but they still cause serious discomfort, and they could carry life-threatening diseases. Of course, fleas and ticks are also threats to humans, and infestations may linger in your home, making it more difficult to eliminate your pet's problem.
We will help you prevent fleas and ticks from invading your pet's skin. Our options include topical and oral medications that repel adult parasites and prescription products that also prevent eggs from hatching. Over-the-counter products may cause side effects or offer inadequate protection, so please discuss your pet's flea and tick prevention plan with your Leonardtown veterinarian no matter what.
When tapeworms, roundworms, and other parasites take over the intestines, they interfere with your pet's ability to digest, metabolize, and eliminate waste. While worms in the stool are the most common symptom of this infestation, intestinal parasites are usually unnoticeable, so it's important to schedule regular fecal screenings to detect any parasites.
If you have a puppy or kitten, schedule at least one Leonardtown pet exam every three months until your new pet is one year old. At each exam, your St. Mary's County veterinarian Dr. Fenwick will collect a stool ample for microscopic analysis. If necessary, your veterinary team will de-worm your pet over a series of appointments. No matter what, we will also personalize a parasite prevention regimen, including a monthly medication that prevents intestinal parasites and heartworm.
Mosquito bites are more dangerous for dogs and cats, because they can cause infestations of heartworm larvae in the bloodstream. When heartworm infestations take over the lungs and heart, the parasite problem can be fatal for your pet. We recommend monthly heartworm medications and annual screenings to rule out the symptoms of heartworms.
While prevention is the most important and effective way to avoid serious respiratory and cardiovascular problems, we also treat dogs and cats with heartworm infestations. Your veterinarian Dr. Fenwick can help your pet manage serious heartworm symptoms and improve their quality of life as they fight this common but devastating disease.
Call us today at (301) 475-7808 to schedule a pet exam at our Leonardtown, Breton Veterinary Hospital. Our veterinary team will help you protect your dog or cat from fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites with high-quality prevention products and treatment options.