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Heartworm and other parasites can cause a number of health issues for pets in Troutdale. Many of these parasites become active during spring and stay active until it gets cold out again. Since some of the health problems these parasites cause can be serious, it is crucial to have your pet receive parasite treatment and prevention. At Paws and Claws Medical Center, we provide these services to help pets remain healthy.
Although there are several parasites around, a few of them are much more common. These common parasites are a bigger risk to pets in Troutdale and Gresham since they are more likely to lead to infestations or bites. Some of the most common kinds of parasites in the area include heartworm, fleas, and ticks. Heartworm parasites are carried and spread by certain mosquito species. When these mosquitoes bite pets in order to feed on their blood, they can transmit heartworm. This infection can develop over a long period of time before signs of it begin to show. Unfortunately, in advanced stages, this infection becomes much more difficult to treat and can be life-threatening.
Fleas are small pests that dogs and cats can end up being exposed to when they are outside. These pests can jump onto them and bite them, which can cause itching and other symptoms in pets with allergies. This can lead to frequent scratching that causes skin damage and infections.
Ticks are bigger than fleas, and the problems they cause can be more serious. Ticks can spread diseases, including Lyme disease, when they feed on pets. These parasites are found outdoors, especially in fields and forests.
Routine exams are among the best way to ensure that pets are free of parasites. Our Troutdale veterinarian can do heartworm tests to check for these parasites, and look for signs of flea or tick problems on dogs and cats. Pets can also receive heartworm prevention, along with flea treatment and tick treatment during these visits. Heartworm prevention typically involves having pets take a monthly pill, while flea and tick prevention can involve oral medication, topical treatments or other products. If you are not sure which kind of treatment is suitable for your pet, our veterinarian can help you decide. Using these treatments helps prevent heartworm, fleas, and ticks from causing potentially serious health problems for your pets.
If your dog or cat needs parasite treatment and prevention, please contact Paws and Claws Pet Medical Center to make an appointment at 503-661-1833. Our Troutdale veterinarian can help your pet stay healthy and free of parasites.