Parasite Prevention in Lewisville, Texas

Parasite prevention is an integral part of your pet’s ongoing wellness. Preventing an infestation is much simpler than dealing with parasites once they have moved in (to your pet and your home) and transmitted potentially life-threatening diseases to your pet. In Texas’s climate, pets are at risk of contracting all types of parasites throughout the entire year.

Types of Parasites and How They Can Harm Your Pets

Internal and external parasites can infest and harm both cats and dogs. Be sure your pets are protected.

External Parasites

  • Fleas – Most common during warm, wet months, fleas live in your pet’s fur and sustain themselves on your pet’s blood. Their bites not only cause your pet discomfort and often flea-allergy dermatitis, but they can also transmit serious diseases and intestinal parasites.
  • Ticks – Pets pick up ticks in brush and undergrowth, and ticks can spread diseases (some of which are also contagious to humans) to your pets. These serious illnesses include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis.

Internal Parasites

  • Heartworms – Mosquitoes infect pets with heartworms. These parasites then live inside your pet’s bloodstream and heart. Extremely dangerous to treat and live with, even pets who live indoors should be administered heartworm preventatives year-round. Prior to administering a preventative, however, our veterinarian must run a blood test to ensure pets are not already infected.
  • Intestinal Parasites – Intestinal parasites common to cats and dogs include cryptosporidium, coccidia, giardia, whipworm, roundworm, hookworm, and tapeworm. Many of these can also be easily transferred to humans,  but if a pet becomes infected.

Talk With Our Veterinarian About Parasite Prevention

Parasite preventatives come in many different forms and strengths for pets of different sizes. These include topical and oral treatments and even wearable collars. If you have a cat or dog living in Texas, your pet is at risk all year, and parasite prevention is always better than parasite treatment. For more information about parasite prevention, heartworm screening and assistance selecting a preventative medication for your pet, contact our office today.