Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

It is very common for your furry friends to be exposed or even infected with parasites. Exposure comes from their surrounding areas and other animals they come in contact with. Parasites cause great discomfort and can create even more serious conditions in your pets. Our hospital regularly treats pets for parasitic infections and we provide a prevention program catered to each patient.

What parasites might affect my pet?

Parasites can be internal and external. Internal parasites usually live within the digestive system and are detected through examination of the stool. Internal parasites include: heartworm, hookworm, roundworm and coccidia. External parasites live on your pet’s body and physical examinations and tests are used to diagnose these parasites. Fleas, ticks, mange mites, ear mites and ringworm are external parasites that can infect your pet.

What are signs of parasites in my pet?

In some cases, the signs may not be so evident and that is why your pet needs regular checkups. As a pet parent, you will want to pay close attention to the behaviours of your pet as they might show signs of an infestation. Here are some signs you should look out for:

  • Swollen belly
  • Lethargy
  • Brown or black discharge in ears
  • Itching
  • Redness of the skin
    Our team will be able to properly examine and treat your pets. If you notice any of these signs in your pet, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for your pet. Call us at 204-452-0077.

    What parasites on my pet can affect my family?

    As previously mentioned, some parasites can be transferred to humans. Fleas and ticks can present a risk to your family’s health. Illnesses such as rickettsiosis and bartonellosis can be transmitted to humans. Humans can also be infected with tapeworms. To reduce the risk of infection in your family it is best to eliminate parasites in your pets, take extra precautions when handling pet waste and practice good personal hygiene.

    How can I protect my pet from a parasitic infection?

    Our veterinarians recommend a year-round prevention program. Parasites can infect your pets at any time and, even though the weather outside may not be conducive, external parasites can live inside the house.


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    With “kitten season” fully underway, shelters will soon be full of cats and kittens in need of loving homes. It is in late spring and early summer when cats often have a litter of kittens. This increases the number of felines that are homeless. Due to higher-than-normal numbers of kittens and cats in shelters at this time of year, June is recognized as Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat month.

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    Last updated: January 7, 2022

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.


    This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".

    If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 7:30 am - 12:00 am (midnight)
    Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 12:00 am (midnight)


    Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - The team at Southglen Veterinary Hospital