Parasites such as fleas and ticks can be very damaging to your pet’s health. Preventive measures should be taken year-round to inhibit potential outbreaks.
Flea, Tick and Parasite Prevention
Fleas: If your pet is showing signs of fleas such as continuous scratching, gnawing or licking, schedule an appointment immediately. Additionally, flea dirt, the byproduct of fleas that looks like coffee grounds or pepper, can usually be seen by looking at your pet’s abdomen or by combing your pet’s coat with a fine-tooth comb.
Ticks: If you see a tick on your pet, do not try and burn it off with a match. This does not work and could harm your pet. It’s much safer to have one of our trained professionals remove the tick for you. Make an appointment with us immediately to limit the impact of the tick.
Heartworm Disease: The best treatment for heartworms is prevention. One of the most common and effective prevention methods is a monthly oral medication.
The parasite is transmitted through mosquito bites and usually the pet shows no signs for months. Later symptoms include difficulty breathing, coughing, weight loss, tiring easily and listlessness. In many cases pets do not show outward signs until advanced stages of the disease. An annual blood test is recommended to screen for heartworms. This disease can be treated if found early, but it can be costly.
Our state-of-the-art hospital features a full laboratory, digital radiology, ultrasonography, the most commprehensive vaccines available, and a staff that is dedicated to providing the best care possible for your pet.
Our doctors and staff understand that not all pets are able to come to the office and that fear and anxiety are greatly reduced by examining a pet in its home environment. Therefore, we routinely go to our clients’ homes and perform exams.
BOARDING, GROOMING, DAYCARE
We are affiliated with Muddy Paws Country Spa and can offer full service grooming by appointment. Pending availability, you can add grooming to your dog’s boarding or daycare stay.
What We Do
Here at Countryside we treat your pets like family.
Our commitment is to heal and comfort our patients by treating them humanely and with dignity. We are dedicated to serving Valley Center and the surrounding communities by providing exceptional service within our hospital. We strive to provide the highest quailty care for your pets whenever they are in our hands, as if they were our own.