Parasite Prevention from Our Las Vegas Mobile Vet
Pet parents know that sharing your living space with spirited, silly, lovable animals brings warmth and laughter into your home. MVS Pet Care, your mobile vet in Las Vegas, works daily to provide pets and their parents with expert health care at their homes, where pets can remain in a familiar environment during exams and treatment. MVS brings quality care to your door, benefiting both you and your pet.
Our veterinarian and staff have years of experience treating pets with parasite infestations, and we wholeheartedly recommend parasite prevention to stop the problem before it starts. We guide you through simple and effective steps that keep life much more comfortable for you and your pet. Below are some frequently asked questions about preventing parasite infestation in the home.
Q: What kinds of pests do I need to worry about for my dog or cat?
A: Fleas, ticks, and various kinds of parasitic worms can prey on your pet, even if your pet lives indoors full-time. Fleas live in an animal’s fur and feed on their host’s blood in order to lay eggs. Fleas may complete a life cycle in as little as roughly one week, so acquiring a few fleas can soon lead to a heavy infestation.
Ticks are larger than fleas, but also feed on your pet’s blood, becoming engorged and eventually falling off, but not before irritating your pet’s skin and possibly transmitting a number of dangerous diseases. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Ehrlichiosis, are among some of the more virulent diseases passed on to animals through ticks. Fleas and ticks jump onto your pet from grass, trees, leaf litter, or may be carried into the home by people.
Unfortunately, many types of worms exist that may infect your pet. Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms get into a pet’s system when they curiously explore their environment and lick, taste, or ingest microscopic worm eggs from another object or surface. Many worms live in the intestines, feeding on the pet’s blood and reproducing there.
Q: How dangerous are these parasites to my pet?
A: Tick bites cause skin irritation and possibly more serious diseases, which can be deadly in some cases. Fleas trigger itching and irritation, usually to the point of the pet scratching and creating inflamed hot spots, scaly areas, and constant discomfort. Enough blood loss due to fleas will lead to anemia. Worm infestation causes various problems including weight loss, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, listlessness, intestinal blockage, and damaged organs.
Q: How can my veterinarian help with parasite prevention?
A: Our mobile vet at MVS will gladly walk you through all the information you’ll need to prevent these pests from infesting your pet and home. Depending on the case and which parasites pose a threat, the veterinarian will recommend an oral or topical medication to stop the parasite’s life cycle.