Parasite Prevention and Control
Our pet(s) are threatened daily through environmental exposure to internal and external parasites. They can threaten the health of our pet(s) and expose you and your family to health risks, as well. Being aware of what these threats are can protect everyone.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council has a great website that provides current information for Dog and Cat Owners on what these threats are. The site also includes up to date maps for our area and Parasites & Your Family. The council is compromised of veterinarians, veterinary parasitologists, and other experts in the health care profession. They are advocates in protecting pets from parasitic infections and reducing risks to humans from exposure to parasite transmission through education.
Please visit: http://www.petsandparasites.org
Anchor Animal Hospital recommends regular testing of fresh stool samples at each wellness visit or when your pet is ill. All of our stool samples are sent to an outside lab for processing.
In a Dog’s stool sample we look for Coccidia, Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, and Whipworms
In a Cat’s stool sample we look for Coccidia, Hookworms, Roundworms, Tapeworms, and Toxoplasmosis
Fleas and Ticks can be controlled using preventative products that our chosen according to you and your pet(s) lifestyle and exposure. Anchor Animal Hospital regularly reviews products we recommend according to safety and efficacy. Over the years the products have become less effective and there are many to choose from. For more information please ask during your appointment, call or stop by!
Heartworm Disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and is deadly. Heartworms are very common in the United States and over the last few years we are seeing a dramatic increase in risk to dogs in our area! This disease is 100% preventable by keeping your dog on year-round heartworm prevention and having a yearly lab test to check for exposure. Keeping in mind both indoor and outdoor dogs are at risk!
How can you help control the risks?
- Pick up dog waste regularly. Including when taking your dog for a walk, to a dog park, or areas where other pet(s) visit.
- Cover sandboxes and play areas to prevent wildlife or other animals that may visit your yard and contaminate these areas.
- Gardens, potting soil, loam, and handling raw meat all have exposure risk. Where gloves when handling and immediately wash hands after handling.
- Prevent children from putting dirt in their mouths and encourage hand washing after play.
- Limit walking barefoot outside and where shoes or sandals.
- Check your pet(s) and family members for ticks regularly.
- Do not let your pet(s) drink out of puddles, ponds, or areas of stagnant water.
- Talk to your veterinarian regularly about parasite control and your options.
- Visit the website frequently for up to date information!