Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites are harmful to your pets internally and externally. Since infections can be costly and difficult to treat, it’s important to create a parasite control and prevention for furry friends year round. If you don’t have a plan in place, please contact our team at 403.337.3221. so we can support you in creating one.

What types of parasite control is available for my pet?

Parasite control programs come in a few different forms, depending on how susceptible your pet is to certain parasites. Before choosing a medication for your pet, we’ll examine the overall health and environmental factors to decide which one is best for them. Parasite prevention does not only give your pet topical or oral medication. When paired with good hygiene practices, you can protect your pet from contracting infections that could be detrimental to their health.

How do parasite medications work?

Depending on the medication, you might need to give it to your pet monthly. It’s important to stick to the schedule to ensure your pet is protected. Missing a dosage lessens the effectiveness of the program and puts your pet at risk. Some preventives only protect against internal or external parasites while others do a combination of both. To ensure your pet gets the protection they need, we’ll recommend the best one that meets all their needs.

What will my pet be protected against?

Parasites can infect pets with diseases that are detrimental to their health if left untreated. Using a preventive helps limit the damage parasites can cause your pet internally and externally. Parasites can also pose a threat to humans since pets often serve as their carriers. Medication can protect against:

  • Mites – causes severe itchiness
  • Ticks – transmits diseases like Lyme disease, which also affects humans
  • Fleas – infests pets and their homes
  • Heartworms – causes heart problems and can be fatal
  • Tapeworms – impacts gut and intestinal health
  • Roundworms – one of the most common parasite infection in furry friends
  • Hookworms – affects the small intestine
  • Whipworms – causes serious complications if left untreated

  • Last updated: July 27, 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, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!


  • 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.
  • 3. 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.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Sunday: CLOSED

    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    - Your dedicated team at Carstairs Veterinary Clinic