Parasite Prevention & Treatment

Parasite prevention and treatment is an integral part of heading
off many common diseases that adversely affect both animal and human health.

Some of the many diseases transmitted by external parasites (fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes) include Heartworm disease, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Anaplasmosis, and Bartonella (Cat Scratch Fever). Preventive treatments for heartworm, fleas and ticks are proven safe and effective to reduce the risk of diseases to pets when given monthly all year round.

Internal parasites (hookworms, roundworms, giardia, tapeworms) likewise cause serious disease, most commonly of the gastrointestinal tract. Fecal exams as well as some blood tests are done regularly in our clinic to identify internal (gastrointestinal) parasites. Once identified, internal parasites may be treated with the appropriate anthelmintics.

Pets and Parasites

“Lovely place and friendly staff! My little old lady is more active than ever!”

Filipa, Hadley

“Okay, alright, we admit it — we all like coming to Riverbend, not just the pets.”

Chris and Tammy, Leverett

“Thanks so much for taking such great care of Bearcat when he had his teeth out. He is now back to his high-jumping sweet self.”

Margot and Bri, Northampton

“Thank you for providing Gus with excellent service and attention over the past year. All of you have been extremely kind, patient and knowledgeable. Truly appreciated!”

Cori, West Springfield

“You guys are truly special people. The world would be a better place if there were more like you.”

Laurie, Conway