As a pet owner, you are responsible for keeping your dog or cat as healthy as possible. This includes providing your pet with parasite control, pet vaccinations, heartworm medication, and other preventative care measures. At Jackson Animal Clinic in Jackson, TN, we provide all the preventative care that your pet needs, in addition to other pet care services. It is important to understand how to monitor your pet for parasites and what to do if your pet does get infested by fleas, ticks, heartworm, or other parasites.
Know the Signs of a Problem
It is important to know what symptoms your pet will display if it is suffering from a parasitic infestation so that you know to get the right treatment for it immediately. If your pet has fleas, it will likely scratch and bite at its coat frequently in an attempt to stop itchiness from occurring. Fleas can also be seen running through the pet's fur if you take a close look. You can feel ticks if they are engorged and attached to your dog or cat. They will feel like raised bumps and often cause inflammation at the site where they bit your pet. Heartworm is often associated with coughing or wheezing. Roundworm and tapeworm cause digestive troubles, and you can often see these parasites in your pet's vomit or excrement.
How to Tend to Your Pet at Home
It is best to monitor your pet's behavior constantly and alert our vet if you notice any changes. Take the time to groom your pet often, including combing your pet's coat with a flea comb. Clean your pet's bedding often using water at the hottest temperature. Tend to your landscaping frequently to reduce areas where fleas and ticks are known to congregate. Make sure to cover or dump out standing water as well, as these areas will allow for mosquitoes to breed, leading to an increased risk of heartworm.
What Our Vet Will Do to Help
Our vet will perform a complete assessment of your pet's health during a wellness exam. We also provide several preventative care methods, including medication, to keep fleas, ticks, and heartworm from becoming an issue. We also offer pet vaccinations for certain parasites.
Schedule an Appointment with Our Veterinarian for Preventative Care
Keeping your pet happy and healthy includes parasite control. At Jackson Animal Clinic in Jackson, TN, our veterinarian will guide you on how to prevent parasites in your pet. We will also treat your pet if it does get infested. We also offer a variety of other pet care services, including pet vaccinations, routine care, dental care, and more. Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more.