Parasite Prevention & Treatment

At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center in Troutdale, OR, our commitment to pet health extends to offering effective parasite prevention and treatment services designed to safeguard your furry friends from the threats posed by fleas, ticks, heartworm, and giardia.

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Understanding Parasites

At Paws & Claws Pet Medical Center, we offer a comprehensive approach to parasite prevention and treatment. Our services are tailored to address the specific needs and risks associated with fleas, ticks, heartworm, and giardia.

Fleas and Ticks
Fleas and ticks are common external parasites that can affect dogs and cats. These tiny creatures can infest your pet’s fur, leading to discomfort, itching, and potential health issues. If left untreated, Flea infestations can quickly escalate, causing skin problems and even leading to anemia in severe cases. On the other hand, ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and ehrlichiosis, making their prevention crucial for your pet’s overall health.

Heartworm is a potentially fatal parasitic infection that affects dogs and, less commonly, cats. Transmitted through mosquito bites, heartworm larvae mature into giant worms that can reside in the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Prevention is critical, as treating heartworm disease can be complex and may not always guarantee a complete recovery.

Giardia is an intestinal parasite that can affect both pets and humans. It is typically contracted through the ingestion of contaminated water or food. Giardiasis can cause gastrointestinal issues, leading to symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting. Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to prevent the spread of giardia and alleviate your pet’s discomfort.

The Benefits of Parasite Prevention

  • Promoting Pet Health: Effective parasite prevention improves your pet’s health and well-being. You ensure that your pets can lead active, happy lives by safeguarding them from the risks associated with fleas, ticks, heartworm, and giardia.
  • Preventing Zoonotic Diseases: Some parasites like giardia can be transmitted between pets and humans. Preventing parasite infestations in your pets reduces the risk of zoonotic diseases, creating a healthier environment for your entire family.