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Here at the Animal Medical Center, serving Midlothian, Richmond, and surrounding Virginia communities, our Midlothian veterinarian team feels strongly about maintaining regular parasite control to help your animal avoid the stressful, painful, or even life-threatening complications associated with a parasite infestation. Read on to learn more about why this service is so crucial.
There are several types and sources of parasites in our communities, and while they can't necessarily be avoided, many can be protected against with routine medication. The following are the main parasites your cat or dog should be protected against, since they may come in contact with them when about and about in your area (or even your home):
The above-mentioned parasites are like little freeloaders that leech nutrients and vitality from your pet. They can lead to health complications ranging from mild to severe, including itchiness, skin infections (hot spots), lethargy, anemia, pain, malnutrition, respiratory problems, and even organ failure or death.
If your animal becomes infected with a parasite, there may not be any obvious signs or symptoms for a long time. Sadly, when symptoms do develop, it's often at the point when the infestation has already become severe or even life-threatening.
Routine testing and consistent prevention are essential for this reason so that your cat's or dog's risk of falling ill will be extremely low. Depending on the type of parasite we're looking for, our examination techniques may include visual inspection and history taking, blood tests, and fecal tests. We'll be sure to let you know about anything we may need from you in order to prepare your pet for its visit with our team.
Prevention is always better than treatment! We offer oral and topical medications to protect your beloved pet against worms, ticks, and fleas.
Don't take a gamble on your beloved pet companion's health. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our pet parasite prevention services, contact Animal Medical Center now at 804-639-3900.
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