External & Internal Parasite Control
External parasites (fleas and ticks) as well as internal parasites (heartworms, roundworms, 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.
Symptoms associated with internal parasites depend upon the location of the parasite, the number of parasites, the age of the animal, and the overall health of the infected animal. Intestinal parasites are responsible for causing various digestive problems. These problems can range from an overall unhealthy condition to a severe bout of bloody diarrhea.
Intestinal parasites appear to be particularly bothersome when an animal has a pre-existing medical condition. The parasites can further weaken the animal’s immune system, causing a decline in the animal’s health. Animals suffering from immune deficiencies are more likely to exhibit pronounced symptoms from intestinal parasites than animals with healthy immune systems.
Young animals with immature immune systems are particularly susceptible to intestinal parasites. These animals also exhibit the most pronounced clinical symptoms.
Additionally, as anyone who has experienced an infestation of fleas in their home can attest to, some parasites can be difficult and expensive to eradicate. Ticks can transmit a variety of diseases, including lyme, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis.
The best means to keep your pet, family and home safe from these pests is through prevention. Deer Park Animal Hospital will 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.
Preventioncan go a long way toward keeping you family and your pet healthy.