Parasite Prevention

Pet Parasite Prevention in Harrisonburg, VA

Protect Your Pets with Help from Heartland Veterinary Clinic

ALL dogs and cats are at risk for parasites. The importance of parasite prevention for your pet cannot be understated. At Heartland Veterinary Clinic, we offer parasite prevention services for dogs, cats, and many exotic pets.

Give us a call at (540) 208-5415 to schedule an appointment and learn more.

Intestinal Parasites

Parasites like fleas and ticks are usually easy to spot, but others – like intestinal parasites – can go undetected. Many pets are diagnosed with diseases carried by parasites. Treatment can be expensive, and some diseases can lead to serious illness. Even worse, many of these diseases are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to people, too.

Before you panic, you should know that intestinal parasites are usually easy to treat but are even easier to prevent. You may already be protecting your pets and don't even know it. Many heartworm preventatives also treat and prevent intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Likewise, having your pet on monthly flea and tick preventatives helps protect them against fleas that transmit tapeworms and ticks that spread tick-borne diseases. Using monthly parasite preventatives year-round and screening your pets annually protects your two- and four-legged family members from parasites.

Heartworms

Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes. It is a serious disease that can affect the heart and lungs but also other organs and central nervous system as well. If left untreated, this disease can result in death.

Of course, heartworm disease can be treated, and the treatment options have improved – but they still have potential risks. The fact is, treatment is expensive, time consuming, and not without risks. For these reasons, the goal should always be prevention rather than treatment.

Heartworm preventative medications are available from your veterinarian. In addition to protecting your pets from heartworm disease, many heartworm preventatives also protect your pet against other internal parasites. Before starting preventative medications, if your pet is over six months of age, your veterinarian will test them for heartworm infection because serious complications can develop if an infected animal is started on certain preventatives. An annual heartworm test is also recommended to ensure that your fur-baby is not infected.

Ear Mites

Ear mites are often the result of unclean ears. Keeping your pet’s ears clean can help prevent eat mites from developing.

Symptoms of ear mites include:

  • Scratching
  • Increased earwax
  • Thick, black-colored ear discharge
  • Head shaking
  • Sores around or on the ears
  • Itching of the head and neck

If your pet is diagnosed, your vet will prescribe parasiticides that will kill the mites. However, Revolution, a monthly heartworm/parasite preventative, also prevents against mites.

Schedule an appointment for your pet today by calling (540) 208-5415. We serve clients from Rockingham County, Staunton, Luray, Shenandoah, Mathias, and beyond.

Why Trust Us?

  • Supporter of Preventative and Wellness Care

    We want to prevent your pets from any major setbacks in life. It is important that they routinely get checked and cared for to avoid any surprises. We will help educate you on how to make this happen!

  • Convenient Medication Delivery

    Spend more time with pets and family! ​You can shop our online store to have your medication mailed. Orders generally ship directly to you within 3-5 business days.

  • Quality Veterinary Care

    Our state-of-the-art facility has a full in-house laboratory, pharmacy, surgery and laser technology that allows our dedicated staff to practice a wide variety of services for your pet family.

  • Advocates of Reduced Fear Vet Visits

    Heartland has launched a "Reduced Fear Initiative" to minimize the stress and fear that comes with a looming visit to the vet. This not only increases your pet's overall health but minimizes your stress as well.

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