Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Ensuring your pet is protected from fleas, ticks, worms and other parasites is a must-do for all responsible pet owners. They may be small in size, but these pesky creatures can wreak havoc on your pet’s health. Parasites can permanently damage your pet’s organs, cause them great discomfort, and can lead to serious diagnoses like Lyme disease and even death. Fortunately, all it takes is regular parasite preventive medications to keep your pet protected. Call us at 403.239.4657 to explore your options. There are many formulations and treatment types for you to choose from.

Do pets need parasite control in the winter?

Yes. Contrary to popular belief, many kinds of parasites can survive even in the wintertime. Their eggs can lay dormant for months at a time, especially when indoors. Your pet can still catch parasites when they go to the groomers, doggy daycare or visit other homes with pets. Your furry friend needs parasite protection all year round.

Do indoor pets need parasite control?

Absolutely. Even if you live in a high-rise building, your pet can still be exposed to parasites through you, other people, other animals and objects that enter your building or unit. [/answer]

How can I tell if my pet has parasites?

Usually, the first thing you will notice is your pet itching, scratching or licking themselves excessively. This is usually a sign of fleas. When it comes to ticks, you can actually see ticks on your pet’s skin – they will initially look like skin tags and grow larger as they continue gorging themselves on your pet’s blood. Heartworm and intestinal worms are more difficult to detect because in the early stages of infection, or if your pet has only a small amount of worms, they will display no symptoms. This is why regular check-ups are key, because only at the clinic can we test for these types of parasites.


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Last updated: February 28, 2022.

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. We are pleased to announce our new appointment protocols effective Monday February 28, 2022.

We are now allowing ONE pet parent per appointment to accompany their pet into the clinic for their veterinary appointment. If you would prefer a curbside appointment, please just let us know.

For appointments with our technicians (i.e. injections, suture removal, anal glands, etc.), we ask that you please pay attention to the clinic capacity and if necessary step outside for a few minutes to accommodate the flow of the clinic with capacity restrictions.

We ask that you follow these guidelines to ensure your visit is safe for yourselves, your pet, other clients and our staff:

  • Masks are required while in the clinic
  • If you are unable to wear a mask, we will happily continue to provide you with curbside services
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • ONE pet parent will be allowed inside the clinic for the appointments. If you have children with you, we ask that your appointment remains curbside as this will go past our 3 person limit in the clinic
  • We will allow up to a maximum of 3 clients in the clinic lobby at any one time

    We will continue to watch the guidelines posted from the Alberta government and will update our clients as needed if these protocols are to change.

    Thank you for your continued trust in us. - Your dedicated team at Edgemont Veterinary Clinic