May 9, 2017
One of our principal activities in Springtime is to prepare for those long awaited summer months. As well as gardening and opening the pool and patio, we must also think about protecting our cats and dogs against seasonal parasites (intestinal worms, heartworm, fleas and ticks). The eggs of intestinal parasites present in the stools of infested animals can contaminate the soil for months. Not only are intestinal parasites harmful to the health of your pet, some are transmissable to humans, particularly young children. Did you know that one species of tapeworm (taenia) is transmitted to your pet by ingestion of small rodents and another by fleas? Tapeworms segments have the appearance of small grains of rice that congregate at the base of your pet’s tail. However, it is important to know that most intestinal parasites can only be detected by use of a microscope. The best way to avoid intestinal parasites is prevention during the summer months. Your veterinarian can prescribe a deworming protocol that suits you and your pet. To further aid in reducing the risk of contamination, pick up after your pet regularly and cover your child’s sandbox when not in use.
Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitos. The best way to prevent this illness is to have your dog tested every spring for the disease and to administer preventive medication.
Ticks are becoming more and more common in Québec, particularly in the Montérégie area.
Ticks are present from April to December and can be found in long grass and wooded areas. They attach themselves to your animal for days while they feed. During this time, they can transmit lyme disease to your pet. An effective prevention exists for dogs and cats and is available at your veterinarian.
The team at Hôpital Vétérinaire de L’Île-Perrot will prescribe the best prevention plan adapted to the needs of you and your pet.