Parasite Prevention with Our Vancouver Veterinary Team
At Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver, our veterinary team offers parasite, flea, and tick prevention for both dogs and cats. Unfortunately, we see and treat many instances of fleas, ticks, and parasites in pets throughout the year because pet owners don't have their pets on a prevention regimen. If your dog or cat is currently not on any type of parasite prevention, now is the time to schedule an appointment with our Vancouver veterinary team so we can get this taken care of.
The Importance of Flea and Tick Prevention for Cats and Dogs
Both dogs and cats should be on some form of flea, tick, and parasite prevention. One of the most common misconceptions pet owners tend to have is that indoor cats don't need prevention. The truth is that all it takes is one flea, tick, or parasite to be brought inside for your indoor cat to be at-risk. And if you have other pets in the home that spend any amount of time outdoors (such as a dog), this significantly increases the risk.
Fleas and ticks can also carry a number of diseases that can affect your pet's health. Fleas, for example, have been known to carry a disease known as Bartonella, which causes inflammation and swelling in both dogs and cats. Ticks can carry Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Fever, both of which can cause serious symptoms in pets, such as lethargy, severe swelling, and fever.
Treatment for Fleas, Ticks, and Other Parasites
There are many options available when it comes to parasite prevention, and many pet owners find themselves initially overwhelmed. There are flea collars, topical treatments that you apply directly to your pet's coat, and even oral medications that are generally taken once a month to provide protection. The parasite prevention regimen that's right for you and your pet can vary depending on your needs, budget, and lifestyle. Allow our veterinary team to help you make the right decision; we'd be happy to meet with you and review your options so that you can make a well informed and confident choice when it comes to your pet's parasite prevention.
If your pet is already past the point of prevention and has fleas or a parasite, our veterinary team is also here to help. We offer flea treatment, as well as diagnosis and treatment of any number of common parasites. This includes heartworm, tapeworm, roundworm, and the like. Ultimately, our goal is to help your pet get back to a healthy and happy life.
Schedule an Appointment With Our Vancouver Vet Today
Whether you would like to discuss parasite prevention options or need flea treatment for your pet, our Vancouver vet is here to help you. Schedule your pet's appointment with Atlas Animal Hospital & Emergency Vancouver by giving our office a call today at (604) 301-0300.