Parasites such as fleas, ticks, and heartworms are a year-round concern, as they can spread disease and cause symptoms that can otherwise be prevented.
It may not always be clear if your pet is being affected by parasites, which is why at Cheyenne Mountain Animal Hospital, we provide parasite testing each year to ensure your pet remains protected from all parasites. We can also recommend parasite prevention medication best suited to your pet’s individual needs.
- Unwillingness to exercise (dogs)
- Asthma attacks (cats)
- Reduced appetite
- Vomiting (cats)
- Weight loss
- Low energy after mild activity (dogs)
If you suspect your pet has been infected by heartworms, we can perform a simple blood test, X-ray, or echocardiogram to verify a diagnosis. Humans are not at risk of being infected by heartworms, however because of the danger these parasites present to your pet’s health, the Cheyenne Mountain Animal Hospital team recommends monthly heartworm prevention medication and restricting your pet’s exposure to mosquitos to protect their health.