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Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

A parasitic infestation is extremely uncomfortable for your pet and can result in more serious conditions. This is why our veterinarians strongly encourage prevention. If left untreated and unprotected, your pets can develop Lyme disease and rabies. Unfortunately, these diseases can be transmitted to humans.

How can I protect my pet from parasites?

The best way to protect your pets from parasites is to have them on a prevention program. Our hospital has a year-round prevention plan that can keep your pet protected at all times. Our veterinarians can provide guidance for your specific pet based on their lifestyle and environment. Reach out to us at 204.452.9010 to start your pet on a parasite prevention plan.

I know about fleas and ticks, what other parasites might affect my pet?

Fleas and ticks are external parasites meaning they attack from the outside. Other external parasites that may affect your pets include: mange mites, ear mites and ringworms. Internal parasites on the other hand live inside your pets usually within their digestive system. Internal parasites include coccidia, hookworm, heartworm and roundworm.

What are signs that my pet has parasites?

If left untreated parasites can be extremely harmful to your furry pal. If you notice any of these signs, you should immediately contact your veterinarian to have the problem attended to and treated accordingly. The signs you should look out for are:

  • Red bumps
  • Hair loss and dry skin
  • Itching and scratching
  • Swollen belly
  • Coughing or difficulty breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

    My pet stays indoors, do they still need parasite prevention and control?

    Absolutely! Indoor pets need parasite control as they are still exposed. Some parasites can be brought into your home by other pets, and sometimes even humans. There are even parasites that hideaway inside homes during the winter months.

  • Last updated: April 5, 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!

    2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • 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 - 6:30 pm
    Saturday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Pick-up Only)
    Sunday and Holidays: 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 Fort Garry Veterinary Hospital