Of Pets and Parasites

Our pets are prone to get parasites—it happens, even for our furry friends who only live indoors. As pet owners, it’s important to know what kind of parasites can affect your pet and what you can do about it.

Depending on your pet’s lifestyle, they are vulnerable to a variety of parasites, which include:


Fleas attach themselves to pets and live by sucking their blood. They can easily travel from one pet to another and can also be found in carpeting and upholstery of homes where pets have been infested by fleas.


Ticks attach themselves to pets and lodge on the skin while they suck blood from the animal. Ticks are dangerous because they can transmit diseases like Lyme disease.


Mosquitoes affect pets in the same manner that they affect us, humans. However, mosquitoes do transmit heartworm infections to pets.

How can you help prevent your pet from being affected by parasites?

Preventative medications

Here at Animal Medical Center of Tyler, we provide many different options for flea, tick, mosquito and heartworm prevention. We highly recommend that pets are on these preventatives all year long, especially in our climate.

Yard maintenance

Ticks start off in lawn debris, including long grass and leaf piles. If you maintain your yard, you can make these conditions less ideal for ticks.

Control contact with other animals

Fleas spread from animal to animal contact. Control which animals your pet interacts with to prevent the spread of fleas to your animal.

Your pet is your best friend, and as such they deserve to live a long, happy and healthy life, and our staff wants nothing more than to help your pet with that! To learn more about our parasite prevention services or to schedule an appointment, you can schedule online or contact us at (903) 617-6891.