Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites pose lots of health risks, not only for your pet but your entire family. Pets are often transportation for parasites (both eggs and fully grown), which can carry harmful diseases. Ensuring your pet has a parasite control plan in place, which they’re taking regularly, limits the spread of these preventable diseases. Especially if you have children, seniors, pregnant or immuno-compromised people living at home, this alleviates the potential health risks pets might have to your family.

What are my pet’s parasite control options?

This medication might come in the form of an injection, oral or topical cream, depending on the type of parasite it is protecting your pet against. Before your pet starts a new type of preventive, we’ll do bloodwork in our in-house laboratory to ensure the medication will be received well and they aren’t already infected. Preventives are usually taken monthly around the same time. You should closely follow the directions to ensure your pet receives the full protection of the medication.

How do preventives work?

Preventives might protect against internal and external parasites. Internal parasites include heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. These intestinal parasites can create a lot of health issues for your pet, like vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and anemia. Pets can either get intestinal parasites from their mother or by eating soil, water or food contaminated by parasitic eggs. External parasites like fleas and ticks can create health issues like Lyme disease or allergic reactions. Preventives, when taken as prescribed, help protect your pet against these infections.

How can I tell if my pet has parasites?

Parasites manifest differently, depending on the type. It’s important to stay vigilant for any of the symptoms below and book an appointment for you pet at 403.934.3311, if you notice them:

  • Scooting
  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Weight loss

  • Last updated: September 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 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".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: Closed

    4. NEW PET OWNERS 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 Strathmore Veterinary Clinic