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: Nov. 25, 2022

Dear Clients,
As of Monday June 20th 2022 this clinic will be removing our mask requirement for both staff and clients. We are moving to the “your choice” model. Our team understands that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon, and want to respect both our staff and clients' right to choose. That being said, we are still maintaining the below protocols:

  • Maximum 5 clients in the reception area at a time.
  • 1 client is permitted in the exam room with their pets for doctor appointments.
  • Curbside is still an option for all clients. Please advise our reception team.
  • You may also come directly into the reception area with your pets for all appointments now without calling in first. Please ensure you are mindful of our capacity limit of 5.

    Please note our hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Closed for lunches 1pm - 2pm
    We are closed all weekends and holidays.

    As always, we thank you for your patience and understanding, and we look forward to serving you and your furry family members!

    Your dedicated team at Ganaraska Animal Clinic