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Common Pet Parasites

Common Pet Parasites

Your pets are members of your family, and you want to be able to enjoy their company for many years. Keeping them healthy is a crucial part of a long life. Much like humans, pets need to get a yearly health exam to make sure that their vaccines are up to date and to diagnose any illness early. Protecting them from common pet parasites is also important to their health and their comfort. At Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital in Morehead City, our veterinarians have years of experience in preventive, emergency, and wellness pet care.


Fleas love to make their home on pets and will bite you as well if they could get the chance. Your pets can contract them if they are exposed to wild animals or by going to where fleas usually inhabit, such as under a porch. Fleas are known to carry the larvae of tapeworms, which if they are ingested, the worms can cause damage in the intestines. Normally, fleas consume 15 times their body weight in just a day, which can lead to anemia. Fleas are very prolific, and an infestation gets out of control quickly and infest your home as well.


Ticks carry a variety of diseases that can affect your pets' health, such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease. The CDC recommends checking your pets for ticks daily. If you find a tick on your pets, remove it immediately and watch your pets for any signs that they may have contracted one of the many diseases ticks carry.


Your pets are susceptible to a variety of worms. The most insidious are heartworms, but they are not the only ones to worry about. Your pets may also be exposed to a variety of intestinal worms, including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms.

Come and See Our Veterinarians in Morehead City for Parasite Treatment

Bridges Professional Park Animal Hospital offers all the pet care services that you may need to keep your animals healthy. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from common pet parasites, give our animal hospital a call at (252) 247-5595 to set up an appointment. All of these parasites are treatable, and our veterinarians will inform you of all the treatment options available.

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    Dr. Marci and the staff at Bridges have taken amazing care of my boys (who are not easy to work with I might add). They treat us like royalty and I wouldn’t trust my babies with anyone else. They are amazing, always so sweet, caring, and understanding. I just can’t thank them enough for keeping my sweet babies happy and healthy.

    MOLLY S.

    Doctor Roxanne Taylor is the best most Professional Veterinarian. For the past 30 years she has been their for us and our dogs. She has the most loving caring heart of any Veterinarian I have ever met. Thank You Doc. Taylor for all you do! Ronnie & Debbie Ennis


    truly kind and caring doctor and staff. they honestly love animals and and put their patients above everything. I had to lay my dog down, it was a horrible time, and the doctor cared enough to make sure i got her paw print, some of her hair, and her ashes. Then i got a card in the mail from the vet herself that was heartfelt, they are not in it for the money, but for their love of animals.

    GERRI R.

    I’ve been taking my birds and dogs to Dr. Taylor and her staff for a very long time – one of my cockatiels is 22 years old (they're only supposed to reach 12!) In healthy times, sickness and emergencies, the folks at Bridges have been there for me with compassion and excellent care. They are such a part of the community and are always active in animal rescue events, rabies clinics, and any opportunity to support animal welfare. These folks care like family.

    RITA E.

    I have a very high regard for Dr. Taylor and her staff. They take great care of my pets, and during a recent emergency, I was really impressed by Dr. Taylor’s tenacious, detail-oriented diagnostics and resulting treatment recommendations. Bridges is also the vet for Siamese Cat Rescue efforts in this area. I love the staff. They are so willing to work with us and they really support our efforts in caring for these amazing creatures and helping find them safe and loving homes.


    Dr. Roxanne Taylor is a great, caring vet. I breed, raise and show champion Doberman Pinschers and Dr. Taylor has been my vet for 18 years. She is beyond caring; I can site thousands of incidents. She is very thorough; her motto is ‘let’s find out, let’s be sure.’ Her staff, oh my gosh, they know who you are when you call, are so personable and do everything to make the animals feel at home. They are accessible, honest and truly love what they do. I couldn’t imagine finding better vete


    Oh I love Roxanne! The best way I can describe my experience with her is total trust. She is honest, deeply compassionate and not afraid to refer you to a specialist when it’s in the best interest of the animal. She snatched one of my Yorkies from the grave twice within his first two years of life! And when my sister and I lost our Poodles, she was so comforting. Our dogs just wag their tails like crazy when they see her; that’s a testimonial in itself!

    THEDA “FAY” S.

    I have a lot of confidence in Dr. Taylor and her practice. They go to extraordinary lengths to help animals . . . and their people! Before I moved here from New Jersey, I brought my dog to Dr. Taylor whenever I visited my daughter. It was a long way to travel to see the vet, but she helped me bring an abused very scared animal to health. She is very upfront and helps me make good decisions for my pets with complete information. I’m very pleased with the service I’ve gotten at Bridges Animal


    Dr. Taylor has been treating our dogs for more than 20 years. We breed show dogs and therapy dogs and are very particular. The folks at Bridges are gentle, kind and have never let us down. We have complete confidence in them and wouldn’t go anyplace else. We are really lucky to get to work with them.


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