Parasites are everywhere in the Jersey Shore. From fleas and ticks to roundworms and tapeworms, parasites of every variety pose a serious health threat to dogs and cats, as well as to pet owners. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 14% of Americans have shown evidence of being infected with an intestinal parasite such as a roundworm. Parasite prevention isn’t just about protecting your pets. It’s also about protecting you and your family. City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital provides parasite prevention and removal services in Asbury Park, NJ. Protecting your cat or dog from fleas and ticks is easier with our help. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment!
Comprehensive veterinary health care at City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital begins with parasite prevention. All pets are susceptible to internal and external parasites. Parasites can even be transmitted from a mother to a baby through their placenta or milk. Therefore, it’s vital that you bring a new puppy or kitten to our practice right away to avoid parasite exposure to other pets or small children in the household. External parasites, such as fleas and ticks, are usually easier for pet owners to recognize. If you’ve noticed your pet scratching more than usual or hair loss, it’s best to bring them in to see if they have an issue with fleas and ticks sooner rather than later. Internal parasites, such as tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, ringworms, and heartworms, can be a little more difficult to diagnose. Symptoms your pet could have an internal parasite include vomiting, diarrhea, and sudden weight loss. When you bring your pet in for their annual wellness visit, we’ll examine a stool sample to look for evidence of intestinal parasites. We may also do some blood work to check for heartworm disease. Annual parasite screening is included in your pet’s checkups because it helps save lives.
You may be wondering how important parasite prevention is if you’ve never noticed any unusual behavior or symptoms in your pet. The reality is many times your pet may not indicate symptoms, but having parasites puts your pet more at risk for developing infections and diseases caused by parasites. Fleas can cause skin irritations and even anemia in puppies and kittens, while ticks can spread Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, babesiosis, and anaplasmosis. If left untreated, heartworm disease can be fatal for your pet. The heartworm population in the Jersey Shore has been on the rise in recent years, thanks to warmer spring and summer months, wetter conditions, and more widespread mosquito populations. However, you can largely prevent heartworms from becoming a problem by deworming your pet and ensuring they’re given monthly heartworm preventives to keep these endoparasites at bay.
At City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital, our staff uses the safest parasite prevention medications available. We always tailor treatment to suit your pet’s lifestyle. By investing in a monthly flea and tick or heartworm prevention medication and vaccinations, you can ensure a happier, healthier pet from head to tail. Heartworm testing is done yearly as part of our parasite prevention program. If your pet ever comes up positive and we can prove your pet has been taking the monthly prevention medications as recommended, many of the pharmaceutical companies will pay for parasite removal and treatment.
Pet health is a topic we take seriously. Do you have any questions or concerns about protecting your cat or dog from fleas or ticks in Asbury Park, NJ? Please contact our friendly staff at City by the Sea Veterinary Hospital to schedule an appointment for your furry family members today!