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April is Parasite Prevention Month

External parasites (living on the outside of the body) are not just a nuisance for your pet and your family. These pests carry disease, stimulate allergies and contribute to skin and ear infections. Pets with external parasites tend to be itchy. Some external parasites can be seen with the naked eye (e.g.: fleas, ticks), however, others require a microscope to find. Some common external parasites that infect dogs and cats include:

  • Fleas: When a single flea is found, this represents a mere 1% of the entire problem: the other 99% includes their eggs and larvae that are developing in your carpets and bedding.
  • Ticks: Ticks represent an important cause of disease transmission.
  • Cheyletiellia: A mite infection also known as walking dandruff.
  • Lice: Appearance similar to dandruff. Lice on your pets are not contagious to people and vice versa.
  • Ear mites: These microscopic mites inhabit the surface of the ear canal and surrounding facial skin.
  • Scabies (or sarcoptic mange): Highly contagious infection caused by a microscopic mite. Scabies causes intense itching and can be transmitted to people.

Fortunately, there are many topical medications available to remove and treat these parasites. Some animals require oral medications to clear the infection.

Many external parasites can be spread among pets and infest your home. It is important to treat all of the pets in the household and the environment as well. Please follow our detailed instructions for successful therapy.

This month we have 3 great free raffles at our hospital! No purchase is necessary, so stop in and enter!

  • 12 month supply of Revolution for cats!
  • 12 month supply of Parastar for dogs!.
  • 12 month supply of Sentinel for dogs that have had a negative heartworm test within the last twelve months! (This is required due to the possible dangers of giving heartworm medication to dogs that are positive for heartworms.)

While you are in, be sure to pick up your free flea comb so you can check for fleas on your pets!

Grief Support Sessions

If you are having trouble coping with the loss of a beloved pet, you are not alone! We invite you to attend one of our grief support sessions with Dr. Sharon Jacobs. The Pet Loss Grief Support Session offers comfort to all grieving animal lovers.

The free, hour long session, facilitated by Dr. Jacobs, begins at 6:30 pm the second Wednesday of each month in the second floor meeting room at Windcrest Animal Hospital. This session welcomes anyone who has been affected by the loss of a beloved animal friend.

Click here for complete details. To register, contact Cristal Pulgini at customerservice@windcrestanimal.com or call (302) 998-2995.