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510 S. Sullivan Rd Spokane Valley, WA 99037
509-928-7387
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PetVet Hospital and Wellness Center
509-928-PETS(7387)

What is bugging your pet?

April 

What is bugging your pet?

Spring is around the corner and with all the warmer weather, we start spending more time outdoors with our furry friends. With the warmer temperatures, external parasites, like ticks, become active again.

It is fairly common for a dog or cat to become infected with an internal or external parasite at some point in its lifetime. Parasites can affect your pet in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritation to causing life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can even infect and transmit diseases to you and your family.

Dr. Clark and our staff can help prevent, accurately diagnose and safely treat parasites and other health problems that not only affect your dog or cat, but also the safety of you and your family.

 

Internal Parasites - Detect and Protect!

Did you know that parasites could be living in your backyard, or the dogpark you frequent with your pet? Most parasites can be found in sandboxes, dirt, and grass - a natural playground for kids. Animals, especially puppies and kittens, can get parasites easily and some of these parasites can be transmitted to humans. Parasites can cause complications for your pet including damage to internal organs and blood loss.

How do we detect parasites?

That's easy! All we need is a fecal sample that is the size of a grape that is less than 24 hours old. Our laboratory partner, ANTECH Diagnostics, will find out right away if your pet has parasites using state-of-the-art diagnositcs.

Protect!

-Deworm your pet annually with a broad spectrum dewormer (Available at Pet Vet Hospital)

-Remove your pet's feces from your yard as often as possible

-Wash your hands well with soap and water after playing with pets and after outdoor fun

-Avoid pets from licking your family in the mouth

-Wash your pet's bed area frequently

External Parasites - Protecting your dog

Protecting your dog from the risk of external parasites - most commonly fleas and ticks - is about protecting your pet's health. As your trusted animal healthcare expert, Dr. Clark is the best source for accurate information about which treatment and regimen is best for your pet.

Vectra 3D

-Topical liquid Vectra kills parasites through contact; parasites don't have to bite die.
-Provides broad spectrum protection by repelling and killing fleas, ticks, mosquitos, biting and sand flies, lice, and mites
-Protects for 30 days
-Can be used on puppies as young as 7 weeks

Bravecto

-Bravecto is a tasty oral chewable that gives your dog 12 weeks of protection
-Provides protection against fleas and ticks
-Fast acting, long lasting
-Can be used on puppies 6 months of age and older

External Parasites - Protecting your cat

Fleas are the most common external parasite we see in cats. Signs of flea infestations may be hard to detect because cats are such persistant groomers. We often look for indicators of itchiness, excessive grooming, hair loss, and anemia to determine if a cat may have fleas. Fleas also can act as intermediate hosts for tapeworms.

Avoid Products that say they control ticks in cats!

Permethrin is a very common ingredient in tick control products for dogs, but it can be dangerous for cats.

Contact Pet Vet Hospital and Wellness Center if your cat has ticks and you are seeking treatment.

Revolution for Cats

-Topical Revolution kills fleas and ear mites, as well as some internal parasites
-One dose is effective for 30 days of protection
-Can be used on kittens as young as 8 weeks
 

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