Here at Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital, we can help you keep your pet free of parasites. We offer flea and tick prevention and heartworm testing and prevention.

Flea and Tick Prevention, Symptoms and Causes from our Veterinarian in Winnipeg

Our veterinarian in Winnipeg would like to help you prevent fleas and ticks on your pets and in your home. Fleas and ticks are located everywhere, including in the grass outside your home. Your dog can pick them up on his or her daily walk or from your clothes, and your cat can get them if they jump on your clothes while you are outside or if your cat is an inside/outside cat.

Signs of a flea infestation include excessive scratching and biting, sores or a rash on the skin, hair loss and flea dirt anywhere your pet has been sleeping or laying.

Fleas and ticks can cause a variety of illnesses and diseases, including flea allergy dermatitis, anemia, tapeworms, Lyme Disease, Bartonella and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. These illnesses can make your pet extremely sick, which is why we recommend preventative medications.

There are many oral and topical medications on the market to help eliminate and prevent fleas and ticks. These medications kill the fleas as soon as they bite your pet, which means the flea does not have time to lay eggs and create a massive infestation.

If you have a flea infestation, call our veterinarian in Winnipeg for an appointment. Our veterinarian can give you tips on how to rid your home of fleas and provide you with preventative medications for your dog or cat.

Heartworm Testing and Prevention

Heartworms are a common parasite found in dogs and cats. They are transmitted via mosquito bites. In dogs and cats, the parasitic infestation can take as long as seven months to fully manifest. In dogs the disease can last up to seven years if it is left untreated. In cats, the parasites can live up to three years. Because of the long life of heartworms, each successive mosquito season can add new worms to your pet’s body.

Symptoms of a heartworm infestation include loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, coughing, weight loss and a bloated stomach. Untreated heartworms can lead to cardiovascular failure and death.

The best way to treat heartworms is by preventing the infestation. We offer Revolution and NexGard for cats and dogs, and Advantix for dogs. Revolution is a topical medication. NexGard is oral.

If your pet has never been tested for heartworms, we recommend testing prior to administering preventative medications. In dogs, a positive heartworm tests means that your dog has heartworms. In cats, an initial positive test means that there may or may not be heartworms present in your pet and further testing will be needed. If your dog or cat is heartworm positive, we have medications available that will eliminate the infestation.

To schedule an appointment with our veterinarian in Winnipeg, call our office at 204-452-9010.