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Pet Parasite Prevention in Castle Rock

One of the hardest parts about being a pet owner is seeing your animal fall ill. Witnessing your animal fall ill from an illness that could have easily been prevented can make this experience even worse. Dr. Jay Brekke, a leading veterinarian in Castle Rock CO, strongly urges all local pet owners to provide their animals with regular and consistent pet parasite prevention. Why? Because preventing an illness is easier, cheaper, and far less stressful than treating an illness. 

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Pet Parasite Prevention Can Keep Your Animal Safe from a Number of Diseases

Fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other critters are everywhere. Aside from being annoying, these bugs often carry diseases and parasites that can make your animal sick, including things like:

  • Heartworms
  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Lyme disease
  • Anaplasmosis
  • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
  • Bartonella

Since it's impossible to prevent your pet from coming in contact with fleas, ticks, and mosquitos 100% of the time, it is critical that your animal is given proper medication to protect it from contracting an illness if exposed to a parasite-carrying critter. 

Which medications does your pet need? Our Castle Rock veterinarian can offer specific recommendations based on your animal's breed, size, age, and overall health. In general, however, dogs and cats need both of the following:

  • Internal parasite prevention: typically provided as a once-monthly pill or tablet, this medication primarily protects against heartworms 
  • External parasite prevention: this is usually a topical ointment given to your animal once per month and protects against most flea and tick borne illnesses, including intestinal parasites like hookworms and tapeworms

These medications can repel bugs, kill bugs, and prevent your animal from being infected by a disease that these bugs may carry. They need to be provided throughout your animal's life but should be considered an affordable and essential investment in your pet's long-term health. 

Additional things you can do to reduce your pet's risk of a parasite-related illness include maintaining a clean home/yard and thoroughly checking your pet's skin and coat after it comes in from outside. 

When Should I Bring My Pet in to See My Vet in Castle Rock for Parasite Prevention?

You should visit our vet in Castle Rock at least once a year for your pet's annual pet wellness exam. During this exam, Dr. Brekke and his staff can evaluate your pet's overall health and weight to determine which dose of external and internal parasite prevention is right for your animal companion. 

Once the correct dosage has been determined, you can provide these medications to your animal at home on a monthly basis. It is extremely important that you never give your cat medication intended for your dog, and vice versa, as this can lead to accidental pet poisoning. 

Keep your pet safe from parasites all year long! To schedule your animal's next pet wellness exam or to learn more about our comprehensive veterinary services, call the Brekke Veterinary Clinic today at (303) 474-4260