Parasite Control and Prevention

Unfortunately, fleas, ticks, mites, worms and other parasites are a common foe for all pets. These pesky creatures just love finding their way into your pet and making themselves feel at home both on and inside them. The good news is with a simple preventative regimen, you can protect your pet from all kinds of parasites. There are many options available for both you and your pet’s unique situation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 905.885.8151 for more details.

Why is parasite control so important for pets?

Parasite-protective medications will boost your pet’s ability to fight off parasites. They contain certain drugs that make your pet’s body a hostile place for parasites to live. Certain medications can also kill parasites that have already made their way into your pet’s system. For example, ivermectin is a common medicinal ingredient that paralyses worms so your pet can get rid of them in their stool. Plus, certain parasites can be passed on from your pet to you and other people. So protecting your pet means you are keeping many others around you safe as well.

Do indoor pets need parasite control and prevention?

Absolutely. Even if you live in a high-rise building or your pet never steps a paw outside your doors, parasites can still find them. You, your possessions, other people and other animals can bring parasites into your home. This is true even during the wintertime. Many parasites can survive or lay eggs that will temporarily stay dormant during the colder months and fully grow in the spring.

What are signs a pet has parasites?

Some pests are actually visible to the naked eye. For example, you may see worms in your pet’s stool/vomit or you may see an engorged tick on their skin happily sucking their blood. Fleas are also easily visible on lighter-coloured pets – they look like dust or black pepper. Aside from this, behavioural symptoms like itching, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss are all signs of a parasite wreaking havoc on your pet.

Last updated: Last updated: October 7th, 2021

Dear Clients,

Please see below in regards to our current Covid 19 protocols. We are happy to announce our clinic will be entering in the first phase of our reopening plan.

Beginning October 12th 2021, we will be allowing clients into the clinic for food and medication pickup only. Doctor or technician appointments will still be run curbside for the time being. We will still offer the curbside option for food and medication if requested.

1. The following protocols will be in place for those entering the building: - Maximum 3 clients in the building at a time. - Please do not crowd either doorway as our staff still need easy access in and out with animals. - Please continue to pre-order food and medication to make it an easier and quicker process, and to ensure we have what you need in stock before you come to the clinic. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check.

2. The following protocols are still in place for all appointments (technician and doctor): - We are still operating curbside only for appointments. - Please call the office at 905.885.8151 to let us know that you have arrived and wait for further instructions. Please do not leave a message if you are in the parking lot. Continue to call until you reach a receptionist. - If you do not have a cell phone, please knock on the door. Please also let us know in advance of your appointment so we can make a note. - We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check. Why are we not opening for appointments yet? - Fully opening is our ultimate goal, however, for the safety of our staff, and clients, allowing food and medication pickup seems the first logical step to limit everyone's exposure. - We hope this step will also alleviate some of the strain on our phone lines and those trying to reach us. - Allowing clients in for food and medication pickup will speed up the amount of time many clients are waiting in the parking lot for this reason.

3. Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm

We are closed all weekends and holidays.

As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again very soon!

- Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic