Accessibility View Close toolbar
Parasite-prevention

Preventing Fleas, Ticks, Worms, and Heartworm with Your Lafayette Veterinary Clinic

Parasites are not just pests—they can also spread disease. Fleas, ticks, heartworms, and intestinal worms have no place on or in your dog or cat. Luckily, modern parasite treatments are very effective. Here at Animal Care Hospital, your Lafayette veterinary clinic, we offer the best service to help you choose preventative treatments for your pets.

parasite prevention from your veterinarian in Lafayette

Symptoms of Parasites

Most people are familiar with the itching that comes with flea bites on their dog or cat. Pets that are allergic to flea bites may be very itchy even if there are no visible fleas because it only takes one bite to trigger their allergy. However, pets without allergies, especially cats, may not appear to have fleas unless there is a very heavy infestation.

Ticks usually have no symptoms. The tick-borne diseases they carry can have many different symptoms, but the ticks themselves are usually apparent only when they are visible on your pet. Ticks can attach in areas such as between the toes, where you may not see them unless you are looking.

Intestinal worms frequently cause gastrointestinal upset, but they may have no symptoms. In most cases, your puppy or kitten will have acquired intestinal worms from their mother and will need to be treated. Adults may be exposed to the environment. Tapeworms are transmitted by your pet ingesting a flea. The small moving rice-like segments on the outside of your pet's bowel are often the only sign.

Heartworm has no symptoms until it is relatively advanced. Preventatives are recommended by our vet to keep heartworms away, especially in warm climates like Louisiana, where the condition is very common. If your dog does have heartworm symptoms, they may have an intermittent cough and become tired easily when exerting themselves.

Not all Heart worm preventatives are working properly anymore. Call us to find out if your pet is on an acceptable Heart worm preventative product.

Parasite-Related Conditions

In many cases, the parasites themselves are only an annoyance, and the real problem is the conditions that they transmit. Fleas transmit tapeworms, ticks transmit Lyme disease, and mosquitoes transmit heartworm. There are many other conditions that parasites can give your dog or cat, as well. In many cases, these conditions can be passed on to humans.

Intestinal worms are a parasite that can be passed from dogs and cats to humans. In pets, low parasite loads of intestinal worms may have no apparent symptoms. However, in humans, these worms can wind up in dangerous parts of the body such as the eyes. Pets and people can get some of the same mosquito-borne diseases, and humans under certain conditions can contract heartworms.

Treatment for Parasite Prevention from Our Veterinarian in Lafayette LA

While most parasites can be treated, prevention is always better. Luckily, there are many treatment options available these days from your vet. Combination products that treat multiple types of parasites are available, as well as long-term treatments that do not have to be reapplied or given as often. Come talk to our veterinarian in Lafayette LA about the best choice in parasite prevention for your pet. Here at Animal Care Hospital, we provide caring service and professional treatment for your dog, cat, puppy, or kitten. Call us at (337) 981-0909 to make an appointment!

Welcome to Animal Care Hospital Lafayette

Office Hours

Monday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-6:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am to 12:00 pm (OPEN THE 2nd & 4th SATURDAY OF THE MONTH)

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Testimonials

  • "Dr. Anderson has always gone above and beyond for the care of our family's pets for several years."
    John Doe / San Diego, CA

Featured Articles

  • What to Do If Your Pet Eats Grass

    Wondering what to do if your pet eats grass? Take a look at a few ideas. ...

    Read More
  • Bloat in Dogs

    Bloat may end your dog's life if you're not aware of the symptoms. ...

    Read More
  • Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone and is the most common hormone imbalance of dogs. This deficiency is produced by several different mechanisms. The most common cause (at least 95% of cases) is immune destruction of the thyroid gland. It can also be caused by natural atrophy ...

    Read More
  • Feline Distemper

    Feline distemper or feline panleukopenia is a highly contagious viral disease of kittens and adult cats caused by the feline parvovirus. It is also called panleukopenia as it affects the bone marrow and causes low white blood cell counts. It is relatively common in unvaccinated cats and is often fatal, ...

    Read More
  • Bloat and Gastric Torsion

    Bloat and gastric torsion is a serious condition and your pet should be rushed to the emergency room if this occurs. Certain breeds of dogs with deep chests and narrow waists, such as hounds, bouvier des Flandres, or doberman pinschers are more susceptible to a syndrome of gastric torsion and bloat. This ...

    Read More
  • Arthritis

    The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which can be due to wear and tear on joints from over use, aging, injury, or from an unstable joint such as which occurs with a ruptured ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in the knee. The chronic form of this disease is called degenerative joint disease ...

    Read More
  • Tapeworms

    Tapeworms live in the digestive tracts of vertebrates as adults and often in the bodies of various animals as juveniles. In a tapeworm infection, adults absorb food predigested by the host, so the worms have no need for a digestive tract or a mouth. Large tapeworms are made almost entirely of reproductive ...

    Read More
  • Leptospirosis

    Leptospirosis is a serious, life-threatening disease caused by a spiral shaped bacteria. Dogs, cats, other animals and even people can be infected through exposure to urine, bite wounds, ingestion of infected flesh, or contact with contaminated soil, water and even bedding. Certain environmental conditions ...

    Read More
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Pet Could Be Coughing

    Wondering why your pet is coughing? Check out three common reasons. ...

    Read More
  • Managing Your Pet's Arthritis

    Painful arthritis makes walking and jumping difficult for pets. Luckily, you can do a few things to relieve your pet's pain. ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up