As many dog owners know, parasites are incredibly common in canines, and they 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 for parasites by a trained professional.
If you think your dog 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 dog parasites—click the appointment button to the right or call 240-252-7467240-252-7467 to schedule a visit!
What Are Dog Parasites?
Dog 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 dog, 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.
Scheduling regular wellness appointments with our veterinarians is a great way to keep your dog’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 dog parasites.
Common Dog Parasites
Common dog parasites include:
- Fleas – This is the most common parasite in dogs. 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 dog 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, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Canine Ehrlichiosis. Schedule an appointment with us to learn more about ticks and how you can keep them from infecting your furry family member.
- Heartworms – Dogs 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 dog’s heartworm medication options.
- Intestinal Parasites – Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms are the most common intestinal dog 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 dog has ear mites to prevent further complications.
Treating Dog Parasites at Germantown Vet
If you notice any changes in your dog’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 dog 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 canines 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.