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Parasite Prevention

Ticks, Fleas, and Worms, oh my!  The environment holds numerous parasites that have adapted specifically to infest dogs and cats. Luckily, prevention of these parasites can be easily acheived with regular treatments designed to protect your pet.  Many forms of preventatives are available, so be sure to talk with your veterinarian today about which is right for your pet!

Heartworm

Spread by mosquitoes, this type of worm finds its way into the bloodstream, and eventually the heart, of dogs and cats.  While more commonly found in southern states, this parasite continues to be seen more and more frequently in our area.  The Kettle Moraine Veterinary Clinic strongly recommends testing your dog on an annual basis for heartworm exposure. Learn more here.

Fleas
These tiny, jumping parasites are more than just an annoyance for pets. Their bite can cause intense itching and allergic responses in some pets, and can transmit  other parasites, such as tapeworms.  Fleas are extremely hard to rid your home of, due to their proliferative nature-females can lay up to 2,000 eggs in their short lifespan!  Please contact the Kettle Moraine Veterinary Clinic if you are dealing with a frustrating flea infestation, for information, tips, and tricks for ridding your home of this nasty bug.

Ticks

A human health hazard as well as an animal one, ticks are sneaky parasites-their saliva contains an anesthetic, numbing their host from feeling their bite. Lyme disease is the most prevalent disease transmitted by these parasites, but Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis can be transmitted by ticks as well. Lyme disease symptoms may be nonspecific, such as lethargy, inappetance, or fever, but another common symptom is inconsistent lameness that occasionally can switch legs.  Call the Kettle Moraine Veterinary Clinic if you have any concerns about tick exposure in your pet, and be sure to test your dog on an annual basis for these tick-borne diseases. 

Intestinal Parasites

There are quite a few types of intestinal parasites found in the environment, and they are usually found in the things our pets most enjoy outside-the things they shouldn't be eating!  An intestinal dewormer is often found in the monthly heartworm preventative recommended for your dog, but new puppies and cats and kittens typically require different broad-spectrum dewormers, so discuss with your veterinarian if you have any questions.  A stool sample can tell us a lot about your pet's intestinal parasite burden, so bring one to your pet's next examination!