Parasite Prevention and Control

At Pell City Animal Hospital, pet parasite prevention and control are very important to us. Parasites are often difficult to see. Intestinal parasites, for example, can remain virtually hidden for years if a pet does not undergo a periodic intestinal parasite examination. Other parasites may be external and easier to spot, but that does not make them less dangerous to our pets.

Parasites That May Affect Your Cat or Dog

Cats can be affected by:

  • Heartworms
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Ear mites
  • Fleas
  • Ticks

Dogs can be affected by:

  • Heartworms
  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Whipworms
  • Fleas
  • Ticks

Zoonotic Diseases

eyeWhile there are many parasites that can affect your cat and dog, some of the most common ones in our area are:

  • Hookworms
  • Roundworms
  • Sarcoptic mange
  • Ringworms
  • Giardia

The scariest part about these and other parasites is that they can sometimes be passed from pets to humans (zoonotic diseases), making it even more important than ever for our pets to get parasite checks and treatments as quickly as possible. Several diseases can be transmitted by fleas or ticks as well. While children and the elderly are more susceptible to zoonotic diseases, anyone can be affected. That’s why we recommend parasite checks at every physical examination in order to prevent the spread of disease. The good news is that with routine screening and a professionally designed parasite control program, your pets and your family will be protected from these diseases. Read about cutaneous larval migration