External Parasites and Your Pet

External parasites in pets.

It isn’t very pleasant to find something living on your pet that you did not invite into your home. External parasites are a hazard of pet ownership, but with the help of Ten West Bird and Animal Hospital, you can develop a pet wellness plan that makes sure that you identify and eradicate external parasites as quickly as possible. 


Due Diligence: Heartworm Prevention

Beautiful yorkshire terrier playing with a ball on a grassCringe-worthy fact of the day: mosquitoes typically enjoy a four-minute blood meal before zooming away to another victim. This non-stop hunt has the potential to spread disease such as malaria, dengue fever, and the West Nile virus. Unfortunately, residents of San Antonio are all too familiar with mosquitos and the associated health risks.

Heartworm disease is also spread by mosquitoes. Although people aren’t at risk, our animal friends certainly are, making heartworm prevention one of our top priorities. Not sure how to protect your dog, cat, or ferret? Look no further!

Parade of Parasites

Most pet owners are aware of fleas and ticks, but when it comes to heartworm disease, there’s typically a great deal to discuss. Because of our climate, mosquitoes are present almost year round, making it fairly common for pets to contract heartworm disease. Continue…

Banishing Bugs: Flea and Tick Prevention for Pets

fleas and ticks on dogIf there is one thing that we know about here in Texas, it is bugs. We have plenty of them, but that doesn’t mean that they need to terrorize our pets. Learn what you need to know about good flea and tick prevention for your furry friend.

Pets and Fleas

If there is anything a dog or cat will tell you, it is that fleas are simply no fun. These tiny little blood suckers love our warm, humid climate and don’t discriminate amongst pets.

Besides being annoying and just plain gross, fleas can cause problems for pets as well, particularly if the pet is allergic to the flea’s saliva. Pets who are playing host to fleas may have: Continue…