A big part of caring for a dog or cat is tending to their medical needs when they arise. Preventative measures are also necessary to keep your pet in the best of health. If you are a pet owner, parasite prevention can aid in keeping your cat or dog feeling his or her best. If you live in the Lewistown or Mifflintown area, contact Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic for assistance from our veterinarian.
The Signs of A Parasite Problem
There are two types of parasites: external and internal. The symptoms that your pet will display if they have a parasite infestation will differ according to the type of parasite they have contracted. External parasites, like fleas and ticks, will adhere to the skin of a pet. When they do so, they will use the pet as a host and drink their blood for nourishment. This could cause an infection at the site where they were attached to the animal. Itchiness of the skin is another sign of external parasites. Internal parasites will cause difficulties with basic bodily systems. You may notice your pet has stomach distress such as constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting, or cold-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, or wheezing as a result of the parasites' presence.
How to Keep Parasites from Infesting Your Pet
There are some precautionary steps you can take to provide parasite prevention for your pet. For external parasites, monitor the amount of time your pet spends outdoors and check their fur for fleas and ticks before they re-enter your home. This can be done by keeping a flea comb near your door. Keep on top of lawn maintenance to help keep fleas and ticks in check. Internal parasites require prevention in the form of medication to keep them from becoming serious problems. This medication can be obtained from our veterinarian.
What Our Veterinarian Can Do To Help
If your pet has a parasite problem, or if you are trying to prevent parasite infestations with medication for your pet, make an appointment with our veterinarian for an evaluation. If you live in Lewistown, Mifflintown, or the surrounding communities, call our office today. The vets at our animal clinic can answer any questions you may have about parasite prevention or veterinary care in general. You can reach our Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic location in Lewistown by calling (717) 248-4703 or Juniata Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown at (717) 436-9790.