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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

The best way to protect your pet against creepy crawlies is to prevent them all together! Our veterinary team can recommend the most effective parasite control methods based on their likelihood to contract a parasite and other environmental factors. There are also a few preventative measures you can take at home to safeguard your pet against parasites.

Why are parasites a danger to my pet?

There is a range of parasites that can make a home in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Some of these include roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and tapeworms. When these parasite’s eggs enter your pet’s body, the worm completes its entire life cycle, growing from small larvae to an adult worm. Intestinal worms can wreak havoc on your pet’s body, causing complications ranging from digestive issues to life-threatening health concerns. Aside from worms, other external parasites like fleas, ticks and mites can be just as harmful as the internal ones.

How do parasite control methods work?

Parasite control methods are available in a few forms, depending on your pet’s needs. Our veterinary team can recommend parasite control methods that tackle both internal and external parasites. These include oral such as Simparica Trio and topical medications that if taken as directed by our team, could significantly decrease your pet’s parasite infection rate. If you have questions about which parasite control method is best for your pet, please contact our veterinary team at 604.544.7387, so we can co-create a prevention plan that works best for them.

Can I use at-home remedies?

At-home remedies tend to contain ingredients that could be harmful to your pet since they aren’t always strictly regulated. Though at-home remedies or over-the-counter medication may be cheaper, they can be more costly in the long run especially if they’re ineffective at treating your pet. Things you can do at home to safeguard your pet from parasites are to ensure you’re feeding your pet a well-balanced diet that supports their immune system, properly dispose of your pet’s waste, and practice good hygiene. Also, regularly examine/clean your pet’s scratches and contact our veterinary team if you have any concerns.

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Last updated: July 20, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your pet.

Note: If you are experiencing respiratory symptoms, please let us know when you book your pet’s appointment. As the potential to spread to pets is still relatively unknown, it is possible that your pet could create a risk to other people who may be handling him or her.

1. WE CAN SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES FOR APPOINTMENTS

  • We are currently operating with a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and team. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 604-544- 7387. We will bring your pet into the hospital for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then call you on your cell phone to discuss the issues with your pet, and you will have a telephone consult with the veterinarian to discuss further diagnostics required or a treatment plan for your pet. Following the end of the appointment, we will return your pet to you.
  • If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. One of our team members will bring your order to our designated pick up location, outside our front doors. Payment will be processed over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

    In these uncertain times, please see the below link for the most recent information for the public on COVID-19 and animals from the Government of Canada (specifically the Canadian Food Inspection Agency). https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

    Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone’s safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

    - Your dedicated team at Queen’s Park Pet Hospital