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Posted on 08-23-2017

Protect your Pets From Parasites in Colorado Springs

We do our best to protect our pets, but sometimes it’s the tiny things that can cause harm to their health or well-being. At Centennial Animal Hospital, we take measures to keep your pets safe from many common parasites we have in the Colorado Springs area.

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At Centennial Animal Hospital, we recommend regular visits to evaluate your pets’ risks for parasites. Common parasites that may harm dogs or cats include fleas, ticks, hookworms, heartworms, ringworms, tapeworms, lice, and mites. Which parasites are your pets likely to encounter? It depends on your lifestyle and potential exposure.

Most pet owners recognize the potential problems associated with fleas and ticks but may overlook the dangers of certain parasitic worms and mites. Your veterinarian can offer solutions to a majority of parasites when your pet does face a risk of exposure.

We recommend coming to see us evaluate your pets’ risk of exposure shortly after they are born. Young puppies and kittens may face ear infections from mites or complications from roundworms and other parasites, so we suggest early treatment to limit the risk of harmful reactions.

Older pets also need parasite prevention and should come in for a checkup annually. During a checkup, our staff can provide any veterinary care needed after a thorough evaluation of your pets’ current health. We may suggest potential treatments if we find fleas, ticks, or other parasites during your exam.

Our recommendations for prevention depend on your pets’ risk of exposure, so we can discuss any potential risk factors and help you make a realistic plan for your pets’ well-being.

With the abundance of wildlife in and around Colorado Springs, tapeworms are a very common occurrence and can be easily avoided with a monthly heartworm prevention treatment of Interceptor Plus, which is also a deworming medication that takes care of tapeworms, hookworms, ringworms, and roundworms.

For fleas and ticks, we also recommend either the oral medication Nexgard or the topical Frontline, which is placed between your pet’s shoulders. Both products are given every 30 days to maintain a steady amount of protection.

Keeping your pets healthy and active requires regular treatment for parasites and preventative care to limit a pet's exposure to harmful worms and insects. To learn more about protecting your pet from fleas, ticks, and other parasites, or to set up an appointment with us, contact Centennial Animal Hospital today at (719) 528-1693.

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