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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: July 13, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 restrictions and limited staffing, we are unable to take new clients at the moment. We sincerely appreciate your kindness, patience and understanding during this time.

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

We are still operating curbside only for appointments and the pickup of medication and food. 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 so we can note it on the appointment. We accept debit and credit as the preferred payment method, however we continue to accept cash or check!

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
  • Saturday - Sunday: Closed
  • Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic