Parasite prevention is extremely important for your pets’ health and wellbeing. Parasites are dangerous – they can cause many problems and undermine your pet’s health. Since contracting parasites can happen to any pet, it is important to take special preventive measures to protect your pet. Pet owners in and around Jacksonville, Florida, can visit Orange Park Animal Hospital for parasite testing and control treatment.
Parasites are organisms living on or inside pets and derive nutrients from them, which causes pain, discomfort, and debilitation. Some parasites (like worms) are even dangerous to people because they can be transferred from animals to humans. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to protect your pet from parasites and keep your cat or dog healthy.
The most common signs of parasite infestation include loss of appetite, lethargy, pale gums affected by blood loss, and others. There may be other symptoms, such as:
Sometimes, a pet does not develop any symptoms, which means that you should take your pet to the vet for screening regularly.
Here is a list of things you should do to prevent your pet from parasites:
If you are looking for an animal clinic for parasite prevention care and testing in Jacksonville, Florida, or any other nearby town, Orange Park Animal Hospital is ready to assist you. We are focused on protecting your pet from parasite infestation, and we do all we can to keep your pets healthy. Contact Dr. James Gillen and his team at (904) 560 8006 today for more information on parasite testing and control.
Dr. James Gillen is originally from Puerto Rico and moved to Jacksonville, Florida at the age of 12. He knew growing up he wanted to be a veterinarian because it brings together the two things he loves most – animals and people. He completed his undergraduate degree at Florida State University and afterwards worked as a veterinary technician, an SAT/ACT tutor, and a high school teacher before completing his veterinary degree at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019.
Dr. Gillen has special interests in dermatology and academia and co-authored two research papers in canine atopic dermatitis and Leishmaniasis. In his free time, Dr. Gillen enjoys anything involving the water (beach/pool, surfing, scuba diving), going to theme parks, exercise (weight lifting, running, biking, boxing), and science fiction books – among other genres. Dr Gillen lives with his wife and son, one dog, two cats, and a ball python.