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Dealing with parasites is no fun! Prevention is usually much more cost-effective and mind-settling than the treatment. Some of the symptoms that accompany parasites are synonymous with other diseases so this can make diagnosis difficult.
If you are purchasing a pet, inquire about medical records. If your pet is diagnosed with parasites that were acquired while with the breeder please be sure to inform the breeder so they can treat their pets.
Some suggestions for making sure your pet is safe from parasites are:
- Use a preventative.
- Be familiar with symptoms of parasites.
- If adopting a pet from out of the area, inquire as to the most common parasites in that location.
- Have routine dewormings done on your new pet.
- Pay attention to the formation of your pets stools.
- Clean up your pet’s stools on a regular basis.
- If you notice just 1 flea, administer treatment immediately.
- Have ticks removed immediately.
- Don’t allow your pet to drink from unfamiliar sources.
- Provide fresh drinking water.
- If planning a hiking trip, camping trip, etc., consider a preventative that protects against both fleas and ticks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at (510)797-2323.