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Some parasites feast off of your pet and rob him or her of vital nutrients. Some of these pests infest your home and may infect your family. For your poor pooch or feline friend, the parasite could be deadly. Fortunately, our Midlothian, VA veterinarian at Animal Medical Center serves Midlothian, Richmond, and the surrounding area, by providing both pest control and prevention and treatment for your pets.
Although different from one another, worms, ticks, and fleas all classify as parasites because they live off of another animal. All of these free loaders rob your pet of certain nutrients necessary for a healthy coat and body. Some have the potential to spread diseases to your animal and, in some instances, may spread to your family. Some have the potential to spread throughout your pet's body and will wreak havoc, potentially causing a pet fatality. Keep in mind, your pet may contract parasites even if he or she doesn't go outside.
At Animal Medical Center, we believe flea, worm and tick prevention is key in pest control. However, if your pet should happen to acquire a parasite, we'll provide you with the necessary treatment to prevent serious complications from occurring. Fleas and ticks are external pests. Ticks burrow into your pet's skin and may infect your pet with various conditions that vary based on your location. For instance, your pet may develop Lyme disease, which will cause flulike symptoms and even paralysis in serious cases. Fleas will cause your pet's coat to look shabby. Your pet will itch, and the saliva from the flea bites may irritate your pet until he or she has difficulty sleeping. Itching can lead to a skin infection. When ingested, fleas that carry a parasite of their own will cause your pet to have worms, in particular, tapeworms, which will strip your pet of vital nutrients.
Heartworms are another common problem that your dog or cat may develop. They come from an infected mosquito that bites your pet. Heartworms then develop inside of your pet's body and will eventually make their way to your pet's pulmonary artery, lungs, heart and surrounding blood vessels. Not only will one heartworm grow to be 12 inches in length, they also reproduce, so your pet could end up with several before we catch it.
One of the most important steps you can take against a parasitic infection as a parasite control method is to take your pet to us to receive flea, tick and worm preventative medications. These are given on a monthly basis to ensure that we treat against each life stage of internal and external parasites. They're available in the form of chews and collars for dogs, and topical ointments and collars for cats.
If your pet should happen to come in contact with a parasite, our veterinarian will use treatments specific for the infestation. For example, our vet may treat fleas using a prescribed oral medication or a collar.
To deworm, prevent or control a parasitic outbreak, schedule an appointment with our Midlothian, VA veterinarian who serves Richmond and the surrounding area. You can contact us at Animal Medical Center by calling 804-639-3900.
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