What Can Your Mobile Vet Do for Pet Parasite Control?
Pittsburgh pets and their human families can all be affected by animal-borne parasites. A dog or cat itself may suffer uncomfortable or dangerous health issues. In some cases, these parasites can infest pet bedding, spread around the home, and even attack the human residents. At MVS Pet Care, we want to help you control parasites before they become a big problem.
Internal and External Parasites
Many parasites that attack your furry companion do so from the inside. Some of the most common internal parasites are roundworms, tapeworms, and heartworms.
- Roundworms are often transmitted as eggs in feces. Those eggs can remain viable for months, just waiting for an unwary host to come by.
- Tapeworms may be transmitted by fleas (see below). These worms lurk in the intestinal tract, stealing nutrients from your pet.
- Heartworms spread when mosquitoes bite your pet. Dogs are more susceptible, but cats can also get heartworms. These parasites are life-threatening and difficult to kill, which is why so many veterinarians emphasize heartworm prevention.
External parasites live outside the body and latch onto your pet. They often bite and feed on your dog or cat’s blood, sometimes transmitting internal parasites as a ‘parting gift.’ Some frequently seen external parasites are fleas, ticks, and ear mites.
- Fleas have a painful and itchy bite. They’re notorious for infesting bedding and homes. Once they’ve dug in they’re hard to get rid of. Prevention is key here.
- Ticks are often encountered in the woods or in tall grass and brushy areas. They latch and feed until they’re bloated with blood. Some ticks are mere annoyances, while others can transmit serious diseases or paralyzing toxins.
- Ear mites look like tiny dark dots and have a preference for the crevices and bare skin inside your pet’s ears. They can be found on both dogs and cats.
Two-phase Parasite Control
The most effective parasite control involves two parts: prevention and treatment. Injections and pills can make your pet more resistant to parasites. Meanwhile, keeping your lawn mowed and applying insecticides can get rid of ticks and the like.
What if your pet is exposed to parasites? Get them veterinary care ASAP. Working under a tight schedule? Consider contacting an at home veterinarian to make a house call, bringing pet care to you.
Call Our Mobile Vet at MVS Pet Care - Pittsburgh
Our team at MVS Pet Care are dedicated to bringing your pet the best possible treatment. We offer a full range of services including parasite prevention and medication. Do you want to learn how to keep your pet parasite-free? Contact us today at (866) 838-2738 to book an appointment and learn about your options.