Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

There are many parasites your pet may encounter throughout their life. To keep them safe and maintain your peace of mind, our veterinarians offer preventative methods to protect your pet from major infestations. We know how to deworm, test for parasites and prescribe the ideal medication from our in-house pharmacy. To learn more about our parasite control and prevention plans, call us at 403.984.4143.

How can my pet catch a parasite?

Parasites can be worms, fleas and any living creature that latches on to your pet’s body and causes irritation or long term discomfort. They can encounter a parasite in infected areas, by interacting with animals who have them or getting bitten by an insect, like a mosquito, that can transfer worms.

How do I know if my pet has a parasite in their body?

If your pet is scratching, gnawing at their fur or going through rapid physical changes, like weight loss or a growing pot belly, it’s safe to assume they contracted a parasite. Parasites can cause your pet to develop irritable skin conditions, extreme fatigue and have difficulty breathing. If you check your pet’s skin from regular grooming, you may find ticks, fleas and patches of fur from constant itching.

What kind of medication do you provide for parasite infections?

If our veterinarians discover your pet has a parasite, we prescribe medication in the form of a pill (that can be flavoured for easy consumption) or topical cream. These are remedies that should be given monthly (or otherwise, depending on the specific medication) and continue long after the parasite is removed.

Last updated: August 24, 2021

Dear Clients,

Based on the most recent COVID-19 precautions announced by our provincial government, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, bloodwork, 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
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

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

    - The team at Rocky Ridge Pet Hospital