Parasite Prevention

Spencer Creek Animal Hospital knows that untreated parasites can cause serious illness and even death in pets. For example, ticks can transmit infections like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella – the bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans. Another type of parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live in your pet’s lungs and heart, causing damage to these organs, and sometimes even death. Intestinal parasites, like roundworms and hookworms, also threaten pets and are even transmissible to humans.

You may not always be able to tell if your pet has parasites. Fleas can hide under your pet’s fur, and some ticks are very tiny (only the size of a pinhead), so they are very difficult to find. Intestinal parasites like roundworms can cause diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration and other problems, but some infected pets don’t show any signs of illness at all.

Fortunately, within 10 minutes our in house laboratory can determine if your pet has parasites. We can also examine your pet for evidence of fleas, ticks, or other parasites. Our expert staff can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. Preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members, so let’s work together to protect your pets and family.

Veterinary examinations and parasite testing are important ways to protect your pet’s health. Let our knowledgeable staff provide you with a comprehensive parasite control program. We can recommend a schedule for parasite testing, discuss what signs of parasites you can look for at home, review ways to control parasites in and around your home, discuss treatment options if your pet has parasites, and recommend ways to control and prevent parasites in the future.

Let us help you protect your pet. Call us today at 636-447-3727 to find out how!

Office Hours

Monday               7:00am             8:00pm

Tuesday               7:00am             8:00pm

Wednesday         7:00am             7:00pm

Thursday              9:00am            5:00pm

Friday                   9:00am            5:00pm

Saturday              9:00am            3:00pm

Sunday                 Closed              Closed

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