Despite all the advances in veterinary medicine, parasites remain a major problem. Most of them can be controlled with proper medications and sanitation practices. Internal parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, roundworms, and heartworms can be diagnosed with simple lab tests. Most of these can be eliminated with proper drug therapy and many can be prevented from recurring with good sanitation practices and medication. Above all, safety of anti-parasitics is very important.
We recommend Heartguard Plus® or Sentinel® for the monthly prevention of heartworms and intestinal parasites. If monthly pills are hard to remember there is an injection, called ProHeart, which prevents heartworms for 6 months.
External parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites are also very common. Treatment of many of these parasites may involve treating the animal and its environment with various compounds. Remember, many of these parasites can attack humans or transmit other diseases to humans (ie: Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever).
For dogs we recommend Frontline Plus® for the prevention and treatment of fleas and ticks due to its efficacy and safety in dogs and cats. The makers of Frontline Plus® have recently also introduced the first flea and tick killer in the form of a flavored chew called NexGard for dogs. NexGard is great for people who do not want to use a topical medication on their dog.