Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

There are many different types of parasites and throughout your pet’s life it’s possible they may encounter one or a few. When you protect your pet from being infected, you secure the safety of your home and the rest of your family members. One way you can ensure they do not become a parasitic playground is by making regular appointments with us. Call us at 403.982.8387 to start the process now.

Are parasites contagious?

Some parasites, like ticks and worms, can be passed on to humans. It’s important to look out for those in your home who are children, elderly, pregnant and immunocompromised, as they are more susceptible to illnesses.

How can I prevent my pet from getting infected with parasites?

A wellness check once per year keeps away the parasitic fear. This is especially relevant for pets who are often outdoors. It’s possible for them to contract parasites, like heartworms or ticks, by interacting with other wild animals or from the environment. If animals are known to pop into your front or backyard, reduce your pet’s contact with them by removing waste or anything that attracts their interest in your green space.

What kind of parasite could my pet contract?

The list of parasites your pet can contract is long and how it impacts them depends on their breed, age and specific health problem.

  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Ear mites
  • Heartworm
  • Hookworm
  • Roundworm
  • Tapeworm
  • Whipworm

    In some cases parasites are visible on your pet’s skin or in their stool but if not, the most blatant signs of infestation include itching, a swollen belly, coughing and diarrhea that is almost ink black. Book an appointment with us at 403.982.8387 to treat your pet or prevent them from encountering these problems.

  • Last updated: April 5, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, 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 (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    Sunday: Closed

    5. NEW PET OWNERS Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

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

    - The team at Elizabeth Street Pet Hospital