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Monthly Focus – Parasite Awareness

Spring is approaching in Squamish, and with the warmer weather we routinely see a spike in the number of animals affected by both external and internal parasites.

 

EXTERNAL PARASITES
Common external parasites of dogs and cats include:
• fleas
• ticks
• lice
• mites
 
Ticks and fleas are visible with the naked eye, but can easily go unnoticed in animals with long coats. Ticks in the Squamish area have the ability to carry and transmit Lyme Disease, while fleas can be very prolific infesting the home and can also be carriers of tapeworms. Mites and lice are microscopic but may cause itchy or irritated skin, hair loss, reddening of the skin or dry flaky skin.
 
INTERNAL PARASITES
Internal parasites found in the Squamish area include:
• roundworm
• hookworm
• whipworm
• tapeworm
• giardia
 
Internal parasites have the ability to cause gastro-intestinal problems in our pets and some pose a public health risk as they can be transmitted to people. Children are at higher risk for contracting internal parasites as they are transmitted by the fecal oral route.
 
Parasites are treatable and, in most cases, problems can be avoided with routine preventative parasite control using a variety of safe and effective products carried at Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital.
 

This month, we are offering a free consult specifically to discuss parasite control strategies.
BOOK ONLINE or call us at 604-898-9089 to discuss strategies for protecting your pet (and you) from parasite infestation.

“I brought Indy to Dr. Honey and was immediately impressed by his knowledge and his friendly, enthusiastic nature. Dr. Honey’s love for animals is obvious, and I have absolute faith in his professionalism. I also have respect for Dr. Honey’s involvement in the Squamish community. He has a passion for mountain culture and has deep roots in this town. It is reassuring to know Dr. Honey will always be here and that he has known my dogs throughout their lives.”
– Mark S
 
 

 

 

 

 

MONTHLY DRAW

During the month of March, we are offering a chance to win this awesome gift basket full of toys, treats and goodies for you and your pet. Simply drop by Garibaldi Veterinary Hospital to enter the draw… enter as often as you wish!
 
GVH will also conduct weekly draws for a 6-month supply of flea or flea/tick control for a dog and a cat. Drop by the clinic or visit our facebook page to enter.
 

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