Internal and external parasites pose a range of risks to your pet's health. Parasite control is the best way to protect your pet against harmful diseases transmitted by pests, fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Our veterinary team will recommend a combination of monthly preventives that will work together to protect your pet against infections.
What is the difference between internal and external parasites?
Internal parasites often live inside your pet, creating havoc on their organs and internal systems. External parasites are just as harmful, despite staying on your pet's extremities. Common internal parasites include roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. External parasites that typically infect pets include lice, ticks, and mites.
What are the signs of a parasite infection?
Depending on the specific parasite, there's a chance you won't be able to see them on your pet's skin or in their stool. For example, heartworms aren't always identifiable when examining your pet's feces. Some pets are even asymptomatic, so they won't show any outward signs of a parasite infection. However, some signs you could notice from your pet include:
- Hair loss
- Skin rash
What is a parasite control plan?
Parasite control plans include preventives we prescribe to your pet to keep parasites at bay. It's important for your pet to take their monthly preventative as prescribed because missed or late dosages could put your pet at risk. It's important to give your pet their oral medication, topical cream, or injection at around the same time every month/quarter. If your pet misses a dosage, please schedule an appointment to have your pet tested for parasites at (416) 231-9293.