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Spring Time Parasite Prevention

March 06, 2018

When the weather warms up, cats and dogs head outside to enjoy the fresh air and explore the spring blossoms. But in the spring, our beloved pets are at increased risk of potentially dangerous diseases from parasites.

That's why spring time parasite prevention is a top priority at your Midlothian veterinarian, Animal Medical Center. Through wellness exams, blood work and prevention medications; we work to protect all our four-legged friends.

Spring Parasites in Midlothian and Richmond Metro Areas

Parasites are not just bugs that bite and cause itching and scratching in dogs and cats. Spring parasites in the Midlothian and Richmond Metro areas spread a number of dangerous diseases in indoor and outdoor pets. Even if you never let your kitty outside, she can contract illness from parasites that fly through windows and jump from visiting animals. Fleas are blood-sucking parasites that can cause anemia, and when ingested (common during grooming), lead to tapeworms.

Although more prevalent in dogs, tick bites can cause Lyme disease in both canines and felines. Mosquito bites can cause heartworm. While heartworm is more common in dogs, it is treatable. In cats, there is no treatment available other than surgery to remove the worms.

Parasite Prevention Medications from Your Veterinarian in Midlothian

Diligently administering monthly parasite prevention is the best way to protect your pet. Parasite prevention medications from your veterinarian in Midlothian include topical and oral treatments. At your appointment, we will discuss the best treatment for your pet's lifestyle and your budget.

Topical treatments are applied to your pet's skin are generally lower in cost. All-in-one oral treatments are good for animals that need to be bathed more than once a month, and since they are flavored, most pets love to take their monthly pill. For your pet's safety, we will run blood work before prescribing heartworm prevention. If your pet tests positive for heartworm, we will discuss your treatment options.

Call Us To Schedule An Appointment

Don't let the bugs bite! Call us today (804-639-3900) to schedule your next appointment at Animal Medical Center, your Midlothian veterinarian.

We have urgent care walk-in appointments available.