Parasite Prevention

Prevention is the best approach in protecting your dog against deadly heartworms, intestinal parasites, and flea and tick infestations.

To help protect your furry friend from parasites, flea, tick, and heartworm prevention should be given year-round, regardless of where you live. Discuss with your veterinarian the best options for treatment based on your dog’s lifestyle and needs.

External Parasites

External Parasites are assessed visually by your veterinarian. 


Fleas thrive when the weather is warm and humid. All dogs are susceptible to flea infestations. Beyond the skin irritation and discomfort, flea infestations can also cause deadly infections, flea-allergy dermatitis (OUCH!), and the transmission of tapeworm parasites if ingested.


Ticks can spread serious infectious diseases such as Lyme, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, and Babesiosis to pets and people. Dog owners should inspect their pets regularly for ticks, large and small, especially after being outside in a wooded or grassy area. 

Internal Parasites

Internal Parasites are assessed by blood tests and fecal exams. Many of these parasites can be transmitted to you and your family if your dog becomes infected. Common internal parasites in dogs are:

    • Roundworm
    • Hookworm
    • Tapeworm
    • Whipworm
    • Coccidia
    • Giardia
    • Cryptosporidium


Mosquitoes can spread heartworm, a harmful disease that affects dogs. As its name implies, heartworm lives in the blood of a dog’s heart and blood vessels. We recommend annual screenings for dogs, even if they are already on heartworm preventatives.

Life is better for your dog and family without parasites. Discuss with your veterinarian about what product is right for your dog based on his or her lifestyle and needs.