The effect of parasites on your pet can range from bothersome to fatal, so it’s a good idea to take preventive measures that stop parasites before they infest or infect your pet. At Irvine Pet Hospital, we know that parasites are relatively easy to prevent, yet once they take hold, very difficult to get rid of why.
Flea Control and Prevention
Fleas cause itching in pets, but even worse, they carry a number of harmful diseases. We’ll screen for them during your pet’s wellness exam, and if we find them, prescribe potent medications to eliminate them from your pet and home.
Tick Control and Prevention
Ticks carry Lyme Disease, a potentially debilitating disease that affects both pets and humans. They also carry other dangerous diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever—so for every pet that ventures outdoors, we recommend anti-tick preventive measures such vaccines, collars or oral medications, as necessary.
Heartworm is a potentially fatal disease that can affect both dogs and cats—with heartworms growing to be up to a foot long as they reside in the animal host’s heart, lungs or circulatory system. Prevention is critical and can be accomplished with regular blood testing and effective heartworm prevention medications.