Having a pet can be a wonderful experience, but it also comes with certain responsibilities. One of the most important is to ensure that your pet is free from parasites. Parasites can cause serious health problems for your pet, so it's essential to take the necessary steps to prevent and treat them. The best way to avoid parasites is to feed your pet a diet of whole foods and raw meat.
This will help eliminate parasites by removing grains and sugars from their food source. If your pet has already been infected with intestinal parasites, you can administer an oral medication that will kill the roundworm, hookworm, whipworm or tapeworm. In most cases, this medication will need to be repeated in two or three weeks in order to break the life cycle and prevent reinfection. In addition, you should give your pet a heartworm preventative medication once a month.
This will help protect them from contracting heartworm disease when bitten by a mosquito. If your pet does contract heartworm disease, there is treatment available, but it is a serious drug protocol that takes several months. It's best to avoid this situation if possible. At the Drake Center, we recommend using Sentinel, an oral pill given once a month to prevent roundworms, hookworms or whipworms, flea infestations and heartworms.
We also use Bravecto, a pill that kills fleas for three months and ticks for three months. Ticks can transmit diseases, so it's important to protect your pet from them.If you suspect that your pet has a parasite, you may see worms in their feces or vomit, or around their butt. If this is the case, it's important to take them to the vet as soon as possible for treatment.It's important to remember that prevention is key when it comes to keeping your pet parasite-free. Feeding them a healthy diet and giving them monthly preventative medications are essential steps in protecting them from parasites.
If you suspect that your pet has been infected with parasites, don't hesitate to take them to the vet for treatment.