Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Cats and dogs are susceptible to a number of parasitic infections, several of which are zoonotic (possess the ability to infect people as well as other species of animals). Parasite prevention is not only crucial for the health of your pet but also the health of your family. We’ll recommend a parasite preventive that provides broad-spectrum protection based on your pet’s needs. 

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Can I purchase over-the-counter flea and tick protection?

It can be tempting to purchase an over-the-counter product for your pet’s protection, but it’s important to be cautious since many of them can have serious side effects if used improperly. Many products have limited effectiveness in comparison to medication we can prescribe. Flea and tick prevention is important because they cause skin problems and can transmit many diseases to the pet. Fortunately, many safe and highly effective products are available at our hospital that can treat and prevent flea and tick infestations. Our team can discuss the best parasite prevention medication to protect your pet against fleas, ticks, and other parasites. To schedule an appointment to set up a routine testing schedule and monthly preventatives, please contact us at 416-775-0101.

What are the most common intestinal parasites? 

While dogs are more susceptible to whipworms and giardia, both cats and dogs can be infected by: 

  • Tapeworm
  • Heartworm
  • Roundworm
  • Hookworm
  • Coccidia

How can parasites affect my pet?

Both internal and external parasites are a threat to your pet because they can cause acute and chronic illnesses. Symptoms can include vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and poor overall condition, although parasites can affect your animal’s health long before you notice any symptoms. Additionally, roundworms, hookworms, giardia, and some tapeworms are zoonotic parasites, which means they can also infect humans.

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