Unfortunately, parasites are extremely common in felines, and when your cat has a parasite, it can mean significant medical consequences, such as infection, disease, and, in some cases, death. That’s why it’s vital to your pet’s health to have regular screenings and preventative care administered by a trained professional.
If you think your cat has a parasite, bring him or her in to see one of the highly experienced veterinarians at Germantown Vet! Our professional staff is trained to identify and treat cat parasites.
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What Are Cat Parasites?
Cat parasites aren’t bacteria or viruses—they’re actually organisms using your pet as a “host,” a place to eat, live, and reproduce. By attaching itself to your cat, the parasite gains strength and resilience as it makes your pet weaker. For example, fleas and ticks can weaken your pet’s immune system and cause health problems like anemia or even Lyme disease.
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Scheduling regular wellness appointments with our veterinarians is a great way to keep your cat’s health in check and make sure he or she is getting the right vaccinations and care. At home, conduct regular examinations of your pet’s skin and fur—these are the most common entry points for cat parasites.
Common Cat Parasites
Common cat parasites include:
- Fleas – This is the most common parasite in cats. If you notice your pet seems more itchy than normal, bring him or her to see us. We’ll determine if a flea infestation or another kind of cat skin condition is the culprit. We can also provide you with prescription preventative flea measures, which are the safest and most effective treatments.
- Ticks – In Maryland, ticks are extremely dangerous and can lead to Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about ticks and how you can keep them from infecting your furry family member.
- Heartworms – Cats can contract heartworms from mosquito bites containing the heartworm larvae. As the larvae mature, they infect your pet’s heart—if this is left untreated, it can be fatal. However, heartworms are easily preventable with prescription medication, so talk to one of our veterinarians about your cat’s heartworm medication options.
- Intestinal Parasites – Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms are the most common intestinal cat parasites. Left untreated, they can lead to other intestinal infections, intestinal bleeding, malnutrition, and death.
- Ear Mites – Ear mites look like coffee grounds in the ear canal. If left untreated, your pet could go deaf! Call us if you think your cat has ear mites to prevent further complications. Learn how to get rid of ear mites in cats »
Treating Cat Parasites at Germantown Vet
If you notice any changes in your cat’s health or behavior, schedule an appointment at Germantown Vet. We’ll do a full work-up and determine if your pet’s symptoms are from a parasite. Methods we use when treating cat parasites include, but are not limited to:
- Lab work to check for infections, white blood cell count, iron levels, and other signs that indicate parasite infection
- Fecal examinations to check for intestinal parasites
- Thorough skin and fur examinations to check for ticks, fleas, and other insect bites
- Eye and ear examinations to check for other signs of infection
Schedule Your Pet’s Appointment Today
Since 1983, the experts at Germantown Vet have been here to help the felines of Montgomery County, MD and the surrounding areas. Our facility is one of the largest, most-well equipped clinics in the area, and we’re proud to provide exceptional service. If you believe your pet has a parasite, schedule your appointment immediately. Our expert staff will assess your pet and begin treatment right away.