South Carolina is a beautiful state with a temperate climate. Unfortunately, this is a perfect environment for harmful pet parasites. Cherokee Trail Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to keeping your dogs and cats healthy through diligent parasite prevention and treatment.
Heartworms Can Kill!
Heartworms are a mosquito-borne parasite, endemic to South Carolina. Primarily a parasite of dogs, cats can become infected, too.
Infected dogs may exhibit no signs of the disease at the early stage. Later symptoms may include persistent cough, lethargy, reduced appetite, and weight loss. Treating a heartworm infestation in dogs is challenging and can be dangerous to your pet.
Even one worm can be lethal in cats, and the first symptom is often sudden death. Infected cats may display symptoms such as lethargy, vomiting, weight loss, or Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease (HARD). Currently, there are no drugs available to treat heartworm disease in cats.
All cats and dogs should be on a monthly heartworm preventive. We invite you to download our helpful handout about Heartworm Disease.
We Protect Your Pets & Family from Intestinal Parasites
Intestinal parasites are extremely common in dogs and cats. They can cause harm to our pets and are a health risk to you and your family.
The annual wellness exam is a great place to discuss your questions and concerns about parasite prevention. All of our puppy and kitten patients are dewormed during the initial visits to protect your whole family. Every adult cat and dog can be protected from internal parasites with a safe, simple monthly preventive. Fortunately, we can defend against heartworms and a number of intestinal parasites with a single product.
Fleas & Ticks
Fleas and ticks are another cause of concern for our pets, spreading diseases such as Ehrlichia, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and Mycoplasma felis. Fleas are ubiquitous in South Carolina, while ticks are common in localized pockets.
At the annual wellness exam, we help you determine the current risk to your pets and develop a protective plan to meet your specific needs. If treatment ever becomes necessary, we guide you in choosing the safest, most effective products.
Disease Prevention Is Easy!
All pets are screened for parasites at their annual examination. We recommend all dogs and cats have an intestinal parasite fecal exam, and dogs should have a blood test to screen for heartworms.
Of course, we always visually examine pets for signs of external parasites. We encourage our pet owners to take advantage of our wellness testing program, for a comprehensive assessment of health and early detection of developing problems.
View slides, listen to podcasts, and learn more about heartworm disease in pets at the American Heartworm Society (AHS) .
The Pet Health Center at WebMD offers these parasite prevention and treatment guides for dogs and cats.