Parasite Prevention with our Council Bluffs Veterinarian
Many creatures that were dormant have returned to activity. This includes a wide variety of parasites that can infest your pets. Fleas and ticks are just the start – internal parasites like heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms lie in wait for a host to infect. How can you protect your pets from these nasty beasts?
Use Preventive Medication
This is the best way to prevent infestations of all sorts. Your veterinarian in Council Bluffs has a wide variety of prescription parasite preventives ready to go. These typically need to be dosed monthly, so it's easy to remember to administer the medication. Even better, these meds normally come in the form of flavored chews.
It is very important to get the right kind of parasite preventive for your particular pet. This is because some of them are toxic to certain dog breeds or to cats. Your veterinarian knows which ones can be taken by which individual animals.
Remember That a Fresh Heartworm Test is Needed for Heartworm Preventives
Before heartworm preventives are given, your dog or cat needs to be tested to make sure that there is no existing infestation. This ensures that the preventive won't cause a mass die-off of adult worms. Such a mass die-off can cause fatal clogging of the arteries. Fortunately, heartworm testing is simple in dogs. A blood sample is taken and tested for antibodies against the worms. In cats, the antibody test alone isn't enough to be sure, so X-rays or other imaging are used for confirmation.
Use Multi-Target Preventive Medications
Many of the current preventive options are effective against more than one parasite. This makes it easy to protect your pet against the pests that are normally found in your area. It also helps to reduce the risk associated with using multiple medications.
Contact Our Local Veterinarian Today
To get the parasite prevention you need for your dog or cat, just visit us at Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs in Council Bluffs IA. We'll be glad to help your pet avoid infestation this spring and summer.