Animal Hospital of Treasure Island

155 108th Avenue
Treasure Island, FL 33706


Parasite Prevention and Control

Parasites are not just a nuisance, they can lead to serious disease and even death in pets. For example: fleas cause irritation and skin infection, but also transmit tapeworms and Bartonella - the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever in people. Another parasite, called a heartworm, is transmitted by mosquitoes. Heartworms live the lungs and heart, causing severe damage and can lead to death. Even parasites that live in the intestines, like roundworms and hookworms, can cause significant disease in cats and dogs and even humans!

Sometimes fleas may be noticeable, but most parasites are internal. Sometimes you may notice diarrhea or maybe cough, but most of the time affected pets don't show any clinical signs. This is why regular check ups and parasite fecal exams are so important.

Our healthcare team can recommend medications to help control fleas, ticks, heartworms, and internal parasites. Controlling and preventing parasites in pets also helps protect children and other family members from potential infection. 

Remember, parasites can cause disease that affects your pet's and and family's overall health. Call today to discuss prevention, treatment, and control of parasites. Our team is happy to answer your questions.