Parasite Prevention

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The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.

At West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. But pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.

The cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of treatment, which can be expensive and stressful on your pet. Parasites like heartworm can even be fatal, so preventing parasites is of the utmost importance.

Flea Prevention and Control

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Fleas can cause problems for pets ranging from minor to life-threatening. Not only can these parasites cause severe itching, irritation, and allergies, but they can also transmit tapeworms and diseases. Fleas can infest dogs, cats, ferrets, mice, and rats. And fleas don’t just stay on pets; they can bite people, too. For more information, contact us or see the flea article in the Pet Health Library on our site.

You don’t want these blood-sucking parasites on your pet or in your home. We can help keep them away or help you get rid of them if they’ve already found their way inside. Call us to find out how to eliminate and control fleas or to start your pet on a preventive today.

Heartworm Prevention

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Here at West Houston Veterinary Medical Associates, we are firm believers in heartworm prevention.

Heartworm is a big deal. It is especially prevalent in our area because it is spread through mosquitos. We work hard to educate all dog owners about this deadly disease and how they can prevent it!

Heartworms will spend their entire lives inside a dog’s heart. However, they do not start to cause any problems until they are full grown. They can grow up to twelve inches long. which takes up quite a bit of space in a dog’s heart and lungs! They mostly live on the right side, causing lung disease and heart failure. If not treated, the disease is fatal.

Unfortunately, heartworms are hard to treat. Often the treatment is as bad as the disease. As the adult worms die, they travel through the dog’s system, causing all sorts of problems. It is very important to closely monitor all dogs who are being treated. Even worse, some dogs need more than one treatment to get rid of all of the heartworms.

The good thing about heartworm is that it is easily prevented. There is a chewable tablet that needs to be given every month. Most dogs love their chewable heartworm tablets, and they are easy to give.

The heartworm prevention also has the added benefit of deworming your pets for roundworms, hookworms, and other intestinal parasites. This is important for your dogs and your family. Parasites can be transmitted to people, making them very ill.

Nobody wants to go through losing their dog to something that easily could have been prevented. Heartworm is hard to treat, so keeping your dogs on heartworm prevention will save you and your family from the grief.

Before you start your pets on heartworm prevention, it is important to test them. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, feel free to contact us today at (281) 493-4712.

Tick Prevention

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Ticks are becoming more and more prevalent in North America, and they’re now being found in areas where people and pets didn’t previously encounter ticks. These parasites aren’t just a nuisance; they can cause serious—and sometimes deadly—diseases, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, and tick paralysis. Contact us immediately if your pet starts coughing or has joint pain, trouble breathing, fever, weakness, or loss of appetite, weight, energy, or coordination.

The best method for keeping ticks off your pet is by keeping your dog or cat on a tick preventive. Even indoor-only pets are at risk because ticks can hitch a ride inside on your clothing or shoes. Tick preventives are safe and highly effective at controlling ticks and the diseases they carry. Call us to get your pet protected today!

Don’t panic if you find a tick on your dog or cat, even if your pet is on a preventive. Some preventives kill ticks after they’ve come in contact with your pet. Ticks can hide easily under your pet’s fur, so as an added measure of protection, we recommend checking your pet for ticks every time your pet comes in from outside. And don’t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have.