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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

A great way to keep your pet healthy is to protect them from parasites. Fleas, ticks and other parasites bring more than discomfort to your pets. They can cause severe fatal problems for your family. Our veterinary team has created a prevention program to help prevent this, and we provide treatments for parasitic infection. 

What parasites may affect my pet? 

Parasites are classified into two groups: internal and external. Internal parasites infect the digestive system and are detected through examining your pet’s stool. Internal parasites include hookworm, roundworm, coccidia and heartworm. External parasites are diagnosed with physical examinations and tests as they affect the outer body. Examples of external parasites are fleas, ticks, mange mites, ear mites and ringworm. 

What are signs of a parasitic infection? 

It is important to have regular checkups as some cases do not show any signs of an infection. Here are some signs you should look out for: 

  • Lethargy

  • Swollen belly 

  • Itching 

  • Redness of the skin 

    These signs need to be properly examined and treated. To schedule a consultation for your pet, reach out to us at 519.641.8383

    Are parasites contagious? 

    Yes! Some parasites are zoonotic, meaning they can be passed between species. When you protect your pet from being infected, you protect everyone else inside your home. Parasites such as ticks, fleas and some worms can be transmitted between humans and pets. Extra precautions should be taken when handling pet waste and practicing good hand-washing hygiene to eliminate the risk of infection. 

    How can I protect my pet from parasites? 

    The best form of protection you can give your pet is to have them on prevention medication. A year-round prevention plan is the most effective as parasites may attack at any time during the year. Some parasites are more prevalent during the warmer months, but they can survive the colder months by living inside your home. 

  • Last updated: September 3, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. Based on the current provincial changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Continue our "closed exam room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will let you know when you will be able to enter the reception area. Once the doctor is ready to examine your pet we will have a staff member bring them into the exam room. The Veterinarian will come speak with you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, please remain in the designated seating area until the receptionist is ready to take your payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Komoka-Kilworth Animal Clinic