We know at the clinic that when the warm weather returns so does fleas, intestinal parasites and heartworms. To prepare accordingly we have a good inventory of products and medications to prevent these problems and our staff has received its annual training on the topic so they can learn about the more recent studies and the new products that are available.
We must admit that worms are very common among our pets. These creatures know what to do to survive. In the case of Ascaris: the female roundworm lays between 20 000 and 200 000 eggs per day that can survive in the environment for 5 years. The eggs can freeze and thaw and then infect cats and dogs ... and us as well! Indeed, Ascaris, the parasite that we encounter most often in the clinic, is a zoonotic disease, which means it can be transmitted from animals to humans.
Heartworm season begins when mosquitoes start appearing. A mosquito that bites an infected dog passes along the infection to any other dog it bites.
And then, there are fleas! When you see a flea on your cat or dog, it means there are HUNDREDS of eggs and larvea in your home. They are very annoying for our pets and can cause unpleasant itching and allergic reactions in humans.
As soon as the ground thaws, usually in late March or April, parasites ‘’wake up’’ and get to work… it’s a good time to begin preventive medication. Contact our professional team who will be happy to help you treat your pet who is struggling with fleas or parasites and teach you how to prevent an infestation… It is much easier to prevent than to cure!
At the Lasalle Veterinary Clinic, we take your needs at heart and we use all our knowledge to make your companion live healthier, longer.