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: November 19, 2021

Dear valued clients,

We appreciate your patience and understanding while navigating these past 2 years together. Due to the high increase in positive COVID-19 cases we have returned to locked door/curbside policy effective January 4, 2022.

Only pets will be allowed in the clinic. Owners are asked to please stay in the parking lot while pets are being seen.

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

  • When you arrive in our parking lot for an appointment, please remain in your vehicle and call (403)239-4657. After speaking with the vet one of our team members will meet you on the sidewalk outside the hospital to bring your pet inside. Please wear a mask when engaging with staff.
  • You must remain in the parking lot while we treat your pet. Doctors may be calling from an unknown number to discuss findings, please make sure you can receive such calls.
  • Please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines of two meters distance between yourself and other clients or staff
  • For food and mediation pick up please call the clinic when you have arrived and one of our staff members will let you know when to meet them outside the door for pick up. Please call ahead to place your orders.
  • Please give us a minimum of 2 business days for orders of food and medication to arrive.
  • Payment over the phone with credit/debit is preferred.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms or have been out of the country in the last 10 days, please reschedule your appointment or send someone else to bring in your pet. Please ensure that the designated person is registered in our files.
  • 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