Bluegrass Animal Hospital Offers Pet Parasite Control
Sometimes, just a walk outdoors can expose a pet to a parasite that can become a health problem. Your veterinarian can help ensure your pet is free of parasites that undermine good health. At Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we offer testing, treatment, and prevention of both internal and external parasites.
Fleas, Ticks & Mites
Fleas are small, active parasites that live in animal’s coats, and sometimes in your home bedding and furniture. These tiny pests feed on blood, and their bites can be very uncomfortable and annoying. Ticks are larger parasites that attach to the skin and feed on the animal’s blood. They can carry serious diseases that can make your pet very sick.
A wide variety of feal and tick control products are available. Your vet can advise you on the best product for your pet’s needs. Mites are very tiny parasites that burrow under an animal’s skin, causing itching and irritation of the skin or ears.
Both cats and dogs can be troubled by internal parasites. Hookworms, roundworms and tapeworms can easily be picked up from other infected animals when your pet has contact with soil, bedding, toys or other objects. You may suspect internal parasites when your pet experiences vomiting, diarrhea or unexpected weight loss. You may even find whole worms or pieces of worms in your pet’s stool. The vet will examine a stool sample under the microscope for evidence of worms. Medications are available to eliminate worm infestations, and preventative measures will help to avoid re-infestation.
Heart Worm Disease
Heartworms are microscopic worms that are transmitted to dogs and cat through the bite of a mosquito. The disease is passed on when the mosquito feeds on the blood of an infected animal and then bites the next animal. These tiny worms travel through the bloodstream and lodge in the heart and lungs, where they begin to grow and reproduce, crowding out the animal’s organs. Heartworm disease can be difficult to treat. The protocol requires complete rest, the use of medications to eliminate the worms and antibiotics. Your vet can provide testing and preventative medications, so your pet can avoid this serious disease.
Make Bluegrass Animal Hospital Your Veterinarian in Knoxville, TN
Dr. Moser, Dr. Disney, Dr. Barry, and Dr. Teague combine their extensive training in veterinary medicine to deliver the highest quality care to their patients in Knoxville and surrounding areas. We offer a full range of services, including vaccinations, spay and neuter surgery, preventative care, dental care, diagnostics, pharmacy services and laser therapy.
Contact Bluegrass Animal Hospital today at (865) 694-8387 for an appointment to learn about controlling parasites to keep your pet healthy.