Regular veterinary exams and testing are crucial ways to keep your pet healthy from parasites, which can cause serious illness and sometimes even death in pets. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, heartworms can damage your pet’s lungs and heart and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella, which causes cat-scratch fever in humans. Intestinal parasites including roundworms and hookworms can also threaten pets and can even be transferred to humans.
You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Some ticks are tiny and difficult to find, while fleas hide under your pet’s fur. Pets infected with intestinal parasites often don’t show any signs of illness at all. Fortunately, we can test and examine to see if your pet has parasites, and our staff can recommend medications to help control these pests. Remember, preventing parasites not only protects your best friend but also helps protect your children and family members.
At Pine Creek Veterinary Associates, we can discuss treatment options, review ways to control parasites in your home, talk about what signs of parasites you need to look out for and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future.
Parasites are not to be taken lightly, as they can carry serious diseases that threaten your pet’s health. Please contact us today online or at 570-769-6088 for more information on how we can help protect you and your pet!