Parasite Control & Prevention

Year-round parasite prevention is essential to protect your pet from internal & external parasites.

Fleas, ticks, lice, roundworms, heartworms, lungworms, and more. These creatures may be small in size, but the danger they can cause to your furry friends is quite significant. Did you know that fleas can jump 30,000 times in a row without stopping? Or that ticks can consume 100 times their weight in blood? Parasites are truly cunning things. Fortunately, all it takes is preventative medications and treatments to ensure your pet is protected. There are many options available from oral pills, to topical medications, and more.

How often should my pet get parasite control?

Frequency will depend on the specific dosing requirements of the treatment you choose. Some medications need to be taken once every month, while others need to only be taken once every two months. To learn about the specific requirements for your furry family member’s parasite control, simply call us at 519-307-2510. We well also help you stay on top of their schedule by sending you reminders all throughout the year.

Do pets need parasite control in the winter?

Absolutely. Your pet can still be infected with parasites at the groomers, doggy/cat daycare, as well as from other pets and creatures that enter your home. Many types of parasites can survive and reproduce in the winter season, especially once they have infiltrated your indoor living space. For example, fleas eggs can survive and hatch in the colder months – and with fleas laying up to 2,000 eggs at a time, leaving your pet unprotected can cause you a lot of trouble.

How do I know which formulation or brand of parasite control is right for my pet?

All of our furry family members need protection, but the type of protection they need will depend on their specific lifestyle. During a consultation with your veterinarian here at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Clinic, you will be given a parasite control plan tailored for your pet’s needs. Some of the questions you can consider during this process are:

  • Do you have children or any immunocompromised people in your household?
  • Does your pet spend a lot of time outdoors or with other pets and people (e.g. hunting dogs, show dogs, therapy dogs, barn cats)?
  • Is your pet mostly indoors?
  • Does your pet prefer oral pills or topical creams?
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