Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites can cause serious health problems for your furry friend. At our clinic, we have a parasite prevention program to keep your cherished pet safe. If left untreated some parasites can travel to your pet’s vital organs and sometimes can cause pets to develop Rabies and Lyme disease. To enroll your loyal companion in a parasite prevention program call us at 905.707.9059.

What parasites does my pet need protection from?

Common parasites your pet needs protection from are: fleas, ticks, ringworms and mange mites. These critters attack from the outside and are classified as external parasites. Internal parasites are particularly dangerous as most of them are zoonotic, meaning they can spread to humans. Some zoonotic parasites are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Another parasite your pet needs protection from are heartworms and coccidia. Having your pet on prevention medication is the only way to protect your loyal companion and the rest of your family from these harmful creatures.

My pet has been losing weight rapidly. Is this a sign of a parasite infection?

Yes, sudden weight loss is a sign your pet may have parasites. Even if the weight loss is not from an infection, you should still have a veterinarian determine the cause and rule out any other illness. Other signs that indicate parasites in your furry companion are:

1. Diarrhea
2. Vomiting
3. Coughing
4. Red bumps
5. Hair loss
6. Protruding lumps
7. Swollen belly
8. Itching and scratching

Do indoor pets need parasite prevention?

Yes! Even though they stay indoors, there is no guarantee they can’t get parasites from other animals they interact with. Sometimes, parasites can enter the home on human clothing or shoes. Some parasites can also hide away inside the home during the winter months, reproduce and infect your pet while indoors.

Last updated: November 26, 2021

Dear Clients,

We are continuing to strive to provide the best medicine possible for your pets during these challenging times. Below are some important updates to our operating policies.

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, 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 (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). Please make sure to wear a facemask when picking up your orders. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on Online Store.
    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Tuesday: 8:30 am - 7:00 pm
    Wednesday: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday: 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

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

    - Your team at Don Head Village Animal Clinic