Pet Preventative in Chillicothe, Dunlap, and Peoria
Parasite control should be a part of your pet’s routine preventative maintenance. Our furry pals will always be at risk from parasites like ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes, but with the correct preventative measures, we can keep them safe.
The prospect of your pet having parasites is unsettling, but it’s also a medical problem that, if not treated or avoided, can have catastrophic repercussions. Depending on their age, location, and other circumstances, our pets can be particularly vulnerable to certain parasites, which can cause a number of health problems.
Fleas and parasites can cause minor or even life-threatening problems for pets and can make them suffer from severe itching, allergies, and irritation—they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can bite people, too, so it’s essential to keep your pets updated on preventive.
At Peoria Area Veterinary Group, we can help keep these pests away or help you get rid of them if they have already ventured inside your home. contact us today to find out how we can help you prevent and eliminate fleas.
A mosquito’s bite can transmit heartworm infection, which can severely and sometimes fatally damage your dog’s or cat’s lungs, heart and blood vessels. Signs of heartworm in dogs include:
- Weight loss
- Swollen abdomen
- Difficulty breathing
Heartworm in dogs can also lead to a life-threatening condition called caval syndrome, which is a form of liver failure. Without proper surgery, this condition can be fatal.
Cats can also be susceptible to heartworms and this is more difficult to diagnose in cats than dogs. Felines can suffer from a syndrome called a heartworm-associated respiratory disease, which has subtle symptoms that resemble asthma or allergic bronchitis. Other symptoms can include:
- Low appetite
- Weight loss
For cats, there is no approved treatment for heartworm. Some can spontaneously rid themselves of it, while others may not survive it. For dogs, treatment is much more expensive than prevention—however, there’s an easy way to keep your pet safe—monthly heartworm preventives. These keep your pet safe from roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ear mites, fleas and ticks.
Other than being a nuisance, ticks can be deadly and could potentially cause Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis and tick paralysis. Get in touch with us immediately if your pet is suffering from:
- Breathing problems
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of weight
- Low energy levels
- Lack of coordination
Tick preventives are the bests defense for your pet against these critters—they are safe and highly effective.
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