Parasite Prevention by Our Winnipeg Veterinary Team
At the Bridgwater Veterinary Hospital & Wellness Centre, our Winnipeg veterinary team believes it's crucial for every local pet owner to maintain a proper flea and tick prevention regime—for the sake of their pet and their family.
The Importance of Proper Flea & Tick Prevention for Cats & Dogs
Fleas and ticks aren't just annoying—they can actually carry harmful diseases which may threaten your animal's quality of life and life itself.
Conditions such as heartworm, tape worm, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever are easily transmitted via bites from mosquitos, fleas, and ticks. Symptoms and complications of such diseases can range from skin irritation and hair loss to lethargy, respiratory stress, and organ failure.
In some cases, these diseases can be transmitted from an infected animal to a human (or transmitted to a human directly), meaning that your whole family is at risk if you aren't protecting your pets from parasites.
Prevention is also much easier and less stressful than treatment. In our professional opinion, maintaining an appropriate pet parasite prevention protocol is an absolute necessity for being a responsible pet owner.
Different Types of Pet Parasite Prevention & Treatment
So, what does an appropriate pet parasite prevention protocol look like? At our Winnipeg vet clinic, we make it as easy and affordable as possible! We offer monthly medications (which kill and/or repel parasites) in the form of topical sprays or ointments, medications, and collars. These should be administered every month for the duration of your pet's life for maximum effectiveness.
The exact type and dosage of flea and tick prevention medication your pet needs depends on factors like breed, age, lifestyle, size, and overall health. This is important to remember, because your pet's current prescription may not be suitable for every stage of life. If your pet has change in weight, for instance, let our team know ASAP so we can ensure the animal is getting an effective dose.
Lastly, in the case of an actual parasitic infestation, we provide all the necessary tick and flea treatment to maximize your pet's recovery. We may use medications, ointment, and shampoos (as well as tips on cleaning your home) to get rid of the parasites, as well as additional services to address underlying complications of the infection (such as dehydration, organ damage, and infected hot spots).