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Flea & Tick Prevention FAQ
Pets seem to be vulnerable to all kinds of foreign invaders -- not just bacteria and viruses, but also external and internal parasites that threaten their health. If you feel overwhelmed and puzzled by this problem, check out these answers to frequently asked questions about parasite prevention in Greensboro.
Fleas and ticks are two of the most infamous external parasites. These creatures attach themselves to the animal's skin and suck the animal's blood. Worms are the most prevalent internal parasite. Worms such as tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms and roundworms steal nutrients from a pet's digestive organs; heartworms live in the heart and lungs.
Fleas and ticks carry such dangerous diseases as cat scratch fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, and even bubonic plague. Flea bites can also cause tapeworms infestations. The bites themselves cause irritation that may lead to obsessive scratching, skin damage and infection.
Heartworm is an infestation transmitted to animals via mosquitos. The larvae grow into astonishingly long worms which can clog the lung and heart structures, leading to cardiopulmonary failure. In cats, inflammation triggered by heartworms can sometimes cause acute health crises and sudden death.
By stealing nutrients that your pet needs to survive, digestive parasites often cause severe malnutrition and related illnesses. They also damage the digestive system itself, which can cause life-threatening diarrhea and vomiting.
West Market Veterinary Hospital can provide a lifetime of flea and tick prevention through preventative medication which, when administered like clockwork, can keep your pet free of ticks and/or fleas. These preventatives may come in oral, topical, or collar form.
When it's too late to prevent an infestation, we can administer tick or flea treatment. These treatments are usually administered topically. We can also recommend treatment methods to pest-proof your property.
Our clinic can prescribe regular doses of medication to prevent both heartworms and other common digestive worms from taking hold in your pet. We also de-worm puppies and kittens who may have inherited these parasites.
It's comforting to know that you can find all the answers to your pet parasite problems here at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Call (336) 292-4753 today to make an appointment at our Greensboro clinic, and let's start protecting your beloved pet!