Preventive Care

Flea and Tick Control

Flea & Tick Control

Fleas and ticks are capable of causing significant skin irritation in both dogs and cats. Additionally intestinal parasites such as tapeworms and diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever may be transmitted by these external parasites. Flea and tick control has been made easy with the use of once-a-month products for control of these insect pests. Our experienced staff can help you select the flea and tick products that are right for your dog or cat.

Intestinal Parasite Control

It is advised that we examine your pet????????s stool at least annually to check for intestinal parasites. There are many ways for our pets to become infected with parasites. Our pets may:

  • Eat grass and dirt infected with parasite eggs
  • Play in or drink from unsanitary water sources such as drainage ditches
  • Eat other pet????????s droppings
  • Find and eat portions of dead animals such as rodents or birds
  • Obtain some parasites directly from their mom; some parasites can cross the placenta; others can be obtained while nursing

When possible, it is easier on everyone, especially your pet, if you bring a fresh stool sample with you from a recent walk or trip to the litter box. In some instances we may not be able to obtain a stool sample and we may recommend a prophylactic de-worming medication while your pet is at the hospital.

Heartworm Testing & Prevention

Heartworms are parasites that are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes transmit tiny, microscopic immature heartworms when they bite. The parasites migrate to the heart and lungs where they mature and reproduce. Dogs are most commonly affected but cats may also acquire heartworms. If left untreated, heartworms may eventually lead to heart failure and death.

The best way to insure that your cat or dog stays heartworm free is to use a once-a month heartworm preventive medication. There are several different effective products that include both oral and topically applied medication. The doctors at VCA Stoney Creek Animal Hospital can help you decide on the product that is best suited for your pet.