A basic part of having a pet is to prevent problems whenever possible. Parasite prevention and treatment is a significant part of our mission at Oasis Animal Hospital of keeping pets happier and healthier. There is a lot of false or misleading information about parasites, especially for pets living in the desert. When you first bring your puppy or kitten to us, we will discuss the treatment of common parasites and the means to prevent or treat parasites.
A very good resource for information and recommendations for the prevention of parasites is the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
Common parasites seen in our practice:
- Giardia (more information on giardia)
- Roundworms (more information on roundworms)
- Coccidia (more information on coccidia)
- Tapeworms (more information on tapeworms)
- Heartworm disease (more information on heartworm disease)
- Ear mites (for more information on ear mites)
- Ticks (for more information on ticks)
- Fleas (for more information on fleas)
- Mange (demodectic and sarcopic) (more information on mange)
Nexgard is a new monthly chewable that prevents both fleas and ticks.
Our pets not only provide us with love, affection and attention, but they may be the source of some serious diseases as well. An illness that is transmitted from animal to human is called a zoonotic disease. While not wanting to cause alarm and fear in our clients, we do feel an obligation to provide information on what some of these diseases are and what can be done to prevent them.
Below is a list of some diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. (The following material is taken from the Center for Disease Control.)
- Cryptosporidium Infection (cryptosporidiosis): A parasitic disease associated with cats, dogs, and farm animals.
- Dipylidium Infection (tapeworm): A parasitic disease associated with cats, dogs and fleas.
- Giardia Infection (giardiasis): A parasitic disease associated with various animals, including dogs and their environment (including water).
- Hookworm Infection: A parasitic disease associated with cats, dogs and their environment.
- Toxocara Infection (toxocariasis, roundworm): A parasitic disease associated with cats, dogs and their environment.
- Toxoplasma Infection (toxoplasmosis): A parasitic disease associated with cats and their environment.