Keeping the Bugs Away

kitten scratching at fleas while concerned child watches

The age-old battle in dog and cat health is parasite prevention. In fact, it’s accepted as a normal health condition that pet owners will have to deal with at some point. But parasites of any kind are a real health hazard.

Ticks can carry other diseases, like Tick Fever (Ehrlichiosis). And flea infestations left untreated can lead to excessive scratching and skin infections. What’s more, your dog or cat may have a flea or tick allergy, complicating your animal’s ability to handle what would otherwise be a commonly treated condition.

Parasites come in many forms and at Pima Pet Clinic we can create a treatment protocol to prevent, or treat, the bugs that are bugging your pet.

Here are some common parasites that can infest your pet:


These little critters are common problems, but advances in flea control and good old-fashioned grooming can keep them at bay, and sometimes eliminate them from your pet’s skin altogether.


These bugs are even more blood thirsty than fleas. They dig themselves into your pet’s skin to suck out blood. Removing them is difficult because it’s easy to leave part of the tick inside your pet’s skin. Ticks also may carry other diseases that transfer to your dog or cat. Contact us at the first sign of ticks!


These blood-borne parasites are spread by mosquitoes. They primarily infect dogs but occasionally infect and cats. Some excellent preventative medications are available now, but early detection is important.

Intestinal parasites

Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, Coccidia, and Giardia are among the most common intestinal parasites. Some heartworm meds can prevent these other parasites. Fecal testing can diagnose the problem.

We recommend annual fecal testing for all dogs and cats, especially if your pet spends a lot of time at dog parks and doggy daycare facilities.

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