Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites are annoying critters that could harm your pet, especially if they remain untreated. Parasite prevention is better than trying to cure health issues they create, including heart failure, high blood pressure or even weight loss. Our furry family members might also spread some types of parasites to humans. This puts children, pregnant women and the elderly at the highest risk as well as anyone else in your household with a compromised immune system. Parasite prevention is beneficial for your entire family, including those with and without fur.

My pet has never had a parasite. Why should I invest in preventive?

Even indoor-only pets are not safe from harmful parasites. Fleas and ticks are masters of disguise, using your clothes, shoes and other pets to travel to your furry friend. Some of the diseases they carry (like Lyme disease or Tick Paralysis) can be serious and sometimes life-threatening for pets or people. Mosquitoes are equally as good at getting into our homes and carrying heartworm disease with them. The best way to protect your family and pet against these disease-transmitting parasites is to invest in a monthly preventive for your pet.

Call our clinic at 604-824-5848 to discuss what preventive would work best for your pet. At your appointment, make sure to mention any details about where you live as well as extra activities you and your pet enjoy such as travelling.

Are there natural remedies I can use for parasite control?

It might be tempting to use natural remedies to protect your pet against parasites but their effectiveness varies. For some natural remedies to work, they often have to be applied multiple times a month. This might be hard to keep up with, making it more inconvenient than helpful. Natural products are not always safe for your pet regardless of what the label says. Some ingredients, such as garlic, may actually be harmful to your pet. In comparison, prescription products are far more effective at protecting and repelling against parasites. It is best to consult with our team before using any over-the-counter preventives or natural remedies on your pet.

Besides investing in a parasite control program, what else can I do to protect my pet/family?

Other ways to protect your pet and family include securing trashcans from animals like raccoons and other wildlife. Check your pet after each outdoor outing for ticks and fleas. In addition, be mindful of symptoms of parasites like diarrhea, vomiting or a change in appetite. Contact our team immediately if you notice any of these symptoms.


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Last updated: April 5, 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, 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). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

    4. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 5 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. 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.

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

    - The team at Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic