The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it’s also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly treated or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, many factors including age, region and environment can increase their susceptibility to both internal and external infestation.

At Maryville Small Animal Medical Center, we emphasize the importance of parasite prevention as a pet, human and community concern as some parasites can be transmitted from pets to people. Through preventative measures (monthly heartworm, flea and tick preventions and environmental cleanliness), you can successfully protect your pet (and your family). The cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of treatment, which can be extensive and stressful on your pet and your wallet. Parasites, like heartworm[s], can be fatal to your pet, and easily avoidable with consistent, year round prevention we can provide for you and your pet