Parasite Prevention


Parasites can't survive without a living host, which is often times another animal. These microscopic critters are attracted to the body heat of cats and dogs, who are unfortunately easy targets much of the time. Because dogs spend more time outdoors, they have a greater parasite problem than cats do. Dogs are also likelier to dig up parasites in soil or be exposed to the feces of other animals.

However, cat owners are not of the hook when it comes to parasite prevention, since they can still spend infect cats thatspend all of their time indoors. Both dogs and cats benefit from year-round parasite prevention, although each requires medication and other treatments specific to their breed. Although there are dozens of potential pet parasites, four types of intestinal worms are the most common.

Intestinal Worms

Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms all live within the intestines or heart of a host dog or cat. They gain entrance in a variety of ways, including when a pet is stung by a mosquito or the mother animal passes them to her litter at birth. Some worms can lie dormant for years and only cause symptoms when the dog or cat experiences stress. Others types of intestinal worms cause more obvious distress in household pets. Symptoms associated with a serious worm infestation include:

  • Diarrhea, which may or may not be bloody
  • Weight loss
  • Overly dry fur
  • Unkempt appearance, which is especially noticeable in cats
  • Vomiting, with or without worms in the vomit

Order Parasite Prevention Products Online

Grantsburg Pet Hospital knows that our customers love their pets and want to provide them with the best care possible. We also understand that life is busy with work, family, and other obligations. To help pet parents keep their furry family member healthy, we make it possible for customers to order heartworm medication in our online store and have it delivered directly to their home.

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Heartworm Questions?


Know the symptoms of heartworm infection.
Click here or call (800) 924-0588 to request an appointment.
In the early stages of heartworm infection, your dog could show few or even no symptoms at all.
This is just one reason why we test your dog for heartworms at each wellness visit. However, watch out for these main symptoms of heartworm infection.
Reluctance to exercise.
As the disease progresses, even worse symptoms can appear. A swollen belly and labored breathing are signs of heart failure. Contact us immediately if these life-threatening symptoms occur.
Let's work together to keep your pooch heart-healthy!
Protect your dog from Heartworm/Tick Diseases
by scheduling an Antigen Test!
Click or call (see above) to schedule an appointment TODAY!
Animal Hospital
866 S Pine St
Grantsburg, WI 54840
(715) 463-2536
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Veterinary Clinic
140 Evergreen Square SW
Pine City, WI 55063
(320) 629-7474
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1502 300th Ave
Frederic, WI 54837
(715) 327-8128

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Importance of Microchipping

The American Humane Society estimates that between four and eight million dogs and cats end up in shelters every year, and approximately half of them are euthanized. Contrary to popular belief, most of these animals are not strays. They are beloved family pets that slipped away from their owners and can't find their way back home. That is because they had no identification at all or the information was outdated. Microchips, which are about the size of a grain of rice and are implanted under an animal's fur, help people and their pets avoid such a sad fate.

Microchips Must Be Registered

The microchip itself contains only an identification number. When a person finds a lost pet, he or she usually brings it to the nearest veterinary clinic so the staff can check the animal for a microchip. Many people mistakenly believe that the chip contains an owner's name, address, and telephone number. However, the pet owner must register the microchip in a national database in order for that information to display. Unfortunately, a lot of people overlook this step or forget to update their contact information when they move.

Another thing to keep in mind is that a pet microchip is not a Global Positioning System (GPS). That means owners won't automatically know where their lost pet is just because he or she has a microchip.

Microchipping is Fast and Painless

The entire process of implanting a pet microchip takes just a few minutes. It isn't any more uncomfortable for a dog or cat than a typical vaccination. With an average cost of approximately $45, it's also relatively inexpensive. Microchips also last up to 25 years, outliving the pet in most cases. While the traditional collar and identification tags provide some protection for lost pets, they can slip off easily and leave the pet with no identification at all. A registered microchip with current information is the best way for a beloved pet to be reunited with his or her family.

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Pet Fair April 18th!

Grantsburg Community Center
10 a.m.-2 pm FREE ADMISSIONPet Fair April 18th

Door Prizes and FREE LUNCH!

* Local Vendors & National
* Pharmaceutical Reps. will answer
   your questions and conduct
* Vaccination, Heartworm and
   Microchip Clinic
* Discounts on Vet Product Supplies
* Care & Training Advice
* Pets for Adoption
* Kids Activities


Reduced Rates on Vaccines & Heartworm Testing!                

Vaccination and Heartworm Clinic:
* Bring your pet for vaccinations and/or microchipping
* Vaccine Clinic Located at the West Entrance by the Village Office

Pets must be leashed!

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