When cats and dogs contract internal parasites, their immune systems and health may take a serious hit. Left unchecked for any length of time, parasites wreak havoc on your animal’s circulatory and gastric systems. Here at Bluestar Pet Hospital & Grooming in St. Johns & Jacksonville, FL, we take parasite testing & control very seriously to keep your pet in great health. A measured approach to removal and prevention of parasites avoids undue stress to your pet’s body. When you bring your pet to us, you can trust that we will perform all care routines needed for long-term elimination of internal parasites.
Pets and parasites
Many different types of parasites make their homes in dogs and cats, including whipworms, roundworms, hookworms, giardia, and heartworm. These common pet parasites are often encountered while traversing the local environment with your best friend. Indoor and outdoor areas frequented by many different pets have the highest risk of spreading internal parasites.
Importance of parasite control
In the earliest stages, pet intestinal parasites do not cause serious symptoms. As the infection goes on, however, the following usually occur:
- Weight loss
- Distended abdomen
Heartworm infections are even more serious. These canine and feline blood parasites can cause anemia, weakness, and blood in your pet’s stool.
Immediate treatment and prevention are necessary to protect your pet properly.
Tests and treatment for parasites in dogs and cats
Cat and dog worm treatment begins with the diagnostic process. The vet must determine the exact parasite infecting your pet before finding the most appropriate treatment option. The diagnostic process usually requires a stool sample that you can bring from home or have the vet collect for you. Once parasites are clearly identified, the doctor works toward elimination with targeted medications and treatments.
Bluestar Pet Clinic serves pets and the people who love them throughout St. Johns, Fruit Cove, Bartram Park, St Augustine, Durbin Crossing, Julington Creek Plantation area and Jacksonville, Southside, Baymeadows, Deerwood area.
Scheduling a vet appointment for your pet
To keep your dog or cat safe from intestinal parasites, you must work alongside a qualified veterinarian. Make an appointment with Dr. Venkat Gutta or Dr. Sri in St. Johns by calling (904) 720-4275. Or schedule with Dr. Amar in Jacksonville at (904) 720-4272.