Parasite Control and Prevention for Pets

Parasites can severely harm your pets if left untreated. These pests often get to your loyal companions through other animals, their environment and sometimes even from your clothing or shoes. At our hospital we regularly treat parasitic infections and we’ve implemented a prevention program for our beloved patients.

What parasites might affect my pet?

Some parasites can live inside your pets (these are called internal parasites) while others affect the external body. Internal parasites usually live in the digestive system. To detect these parasites our team may examine your pet’s stool, urine or blood samples. Internal parasites include:

  • Heartworm
  • Hookworm
  • Roundworm
  • Coccidia

    External parasites live on your pet’s body and are diagnosed with physical examination and visual checks. Examples of external parasites are:

  • Ear mites
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Mange mites
  • Ringworm

    What are signs of parasites in my pet?

    The signs that your pet has a parasitic infestation may not be so obvious in the early stages. For this reason it is important to follow a strict prevention plan and have regular testing. Some parasites if left untreated can lead to fatality. Signs of parasites manifest in different ways. Here are some that you should look out for:

    1. Swollen belly
    2. Itching
    3. Lethargy
    4. Redness of the skin
    5. Brown or black discharge in the ear

    If you notice any of these signs we encourage you to take your furry friend to a veterinarian. Our team will be able to properly assess and provide treatment for your pet. Schedule an appointment for parasite control at 613.531.3334.

    How can I protect my pet from parasites?

    A year-round prevention plan is the best way to prevent parasites in your pet. Some parasites such as ticks are more prevalent in the warmer months, however others can survive within the household during the winter months. This is why it is so important not to fall behind on your pet’s medication schedule.

  • Last updated: July 13, 2021

    Dear Clients,

    With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

    1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more


  • Effective Monday, July 19, 2021, we are allowing a maximum of 2 clients into the hospital for food and medication pick up only.
  • Face masks are still required to enter the building.
  • Our “closed waiting room” policy will remain in effect for all appointments to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us at 613.531.3334. 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 to offer 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, click on the “Online Store” button on the menu above.
  • 3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, click on the “Online Consultation” button on the menu above.

    We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Saturday & Sunday: Closed
    Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

    – Your dedicated team at Sims Animal Hospital