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Parasite Control & Prevention

Protecting your pet against internal and external parasites.

Although you can’t always protect your pet from coming in contact with harmful parasites, you can help protect them from the diseases they transmit. Our veterinary team can discuss preventives with you to determine the right fit for your pet. To learn more, please contact us at 204-346-1429.

Why does my pet need prevention if they don’t go outside?

Just because a pet doesn’t venture outdoors doesn’t mean outdoor parasites can’t get inside. Mosquitoes transmit heartworm disease, and they always seem to find a way to get inside your home. Fleas and ticks can hitch a ride on clothing, increasing the risk every time you come back into the house. You could potentially be bringing these parasites in with you, which then impacts your pet’s health. 

Does my pet need preventives if I've never seen a tick or flea on them?

Fleas and ticks are not just minor nuisances. They can transmit serious and sometimes life-threatening diseases, some of which can be passed to people. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because fleas and ticks can make their way into your home via your clothing, shoes, or other pets. Keeping your pet on a monthly preventive is your best chance for protecting your pet—and your family—against these parasites.

Are natural remedies for flea/tick/heartworm prevention safe to use on my pet?

Although natural remedies may offer some protection or repellency against parasites, they are not nearly as effective as prescription products. In addition, natural remedies often need to be applied far more frequently than once a month, making them less convenient. Some, such as garlic, may actually be harmful to your pet. Just because a product has “natural” on its label doesn’t mean it’s safe. Please consult with your veterinarian before using any over-the-counter preventives on your pet. 

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