Pets can suffer from both internal and external parasites that cause physical discomfort and undermine their overall health. Our veterinarians are here to help if you suspect your pet has picked up a parasite from the environment or another animal. At Greenfield Veterinary Clinic in Greenfield, WI, we offer prevention, testing, and treatment of pet parasites.
How Does a Dog Get Fleas?
If your pet is infested with fleas, then your home is likely teeming with them too. Fleas can be found in your yard or on trails in your neighborhood park. Once they are brought into your home, they can quickly create an infestation. A few fleas can be hundreds in just a short time, making your pet miserable with itching and scratching and infesting your carpeting and furnishings. Regular flea control in your home and for your pet will prevent outbreaks of fleas, so you don’t have to worry about expensive flea baths and cleaning procedures.
How Do Ticks Affect a Dog’s Health?
Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and ehrlichiosis are just a few diseases carried by ticks. If you find a tick on your pet, carefully remove it with tweezers or have our vets remove it. Maintaining proper flea and tick prevention ensures your pet is well protected against any possible diseases the parasites carry.
How Can I Tell if My Pet Has an Intestinal Parasite?
Animals often suffer from excessive vomiting and diarrhea when they have intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, or tapeworms. You may even find pieces of the worm in body fluids. In addition, animals become sluggish and weak from a lack of proper nutrition when suffering from internal parasites. Our veterinarians can inspect a stool sample to determine if worms are present and prescribe medications to eliminate these pests.
What Is Heartworm Disease?
Heartworms are tiny worms that are transmitted to dogs and cats through the bite of a mosquito. The worms migrate from the site of the bite to the heart and lungs, where they grow and reproduce, crowding the affected organ. Signs of heartworm include a dry cough, fatigue, reluctance to exercise, poor appetite, and loss of weight. Heartworm prevention treatment is still the best way to protect your pet from heartworms. Medications are available in an oral form and an injectable form at our Greenfield animal clinic.
Contact Us for Parasite Prevention and Treatment from Our Veterinarians in Greenfield, WI
Our veterinarians and staff at Greenfield Veterinary Clinic make animal care and comfort our priority for patients in Greenfield and surrounding areas. We offer a broad range of vet services, including wellness exams, vaccinations, dental care, surgery, allergy care, microchipping, cold laser therapy, and more. Contact Greenfield Veterinary Clinic today at (414) 282-5230 for an appointment to learn about parasite prevention, testing, and treatment that can help keep your pet safe and healthy.