Parasite Prevention
Flea, Tick and Heart worm Parasite Screening & Preventatives
Parasite Control Medication
We make it easy and affordable for you to keep your pet on a regular regime of medication to prevent disease such as heart worm and control parasites such as fleas and ticks. Regular parasite protection is an important part of your pet’s life.
If your puppy or kitten is less than 6 months, you will want to visit our Florence Animal Hospital for puppy and kitten pack series to prevent the risk of contracting certain diseases that are common among young animals.
Regardless of the age of your new dog or cat, including senior pets getting him or her started on a healthy preventative and wellness care routine is critical for long-term health and happiness.
Flea, Tick and Heart worm Parasite Screening & Preventatives
Your First Visit?
The first visit will allow us to get to know each other better, and check your pet's health and start preventive care to prevent against future illnesses.

You can ask our veterinarians any questions you may have about your pet!
During your pet's first visit, your veterinarian will do a head-to-tail exam and check your pets overall health.

We will also check your pet for fleas, ticks and other external parasites.
We're looking forward to seeing you and your pet soon. If your visiting our clinic for the first time you can check-out our First Time Visitors Page.
Schedule Appointment Call (843) 407-3747
Screening & Prevention
Dogs and cats are likely to become infected with parasites at some point in their lives.

If left undetected and untreated, they will affect your pet’s well-being, from simply being irritating to causing a variety of life-threatening conditions.
Screening & Prevention by Dr. Kenzo Tochiki
How do I know if my pet has any of these diseases?

The presence of one or more of these illnesses can be determined by a simple blood test, and we recommend all pets have this test performed on an annual basis. Any detected problems can receive an immediate intervention.
Diagnostic Testing at Florence Animal Hospital
Blood work screening is important.
Heartworm Disease Testing
Dogs (and cats) of any age or breed are susceptible to heartworm infection.

Heart-worm disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito infected by a parasite (Dirofilaria immtis.)

If left untreated, heart worms can cause serious heart and lung disease that can lead to your pets death.
Diagnostic Screening & Testing
Every pet needs regular checks to be sure their health is as good as it can be.

Early detection of disease, many pets don’t exhibit signs or show symptoms.

Visit our Pet Diagnostic page.
Prevention Products
We carry a variety of heartworm, flea, tick, and intestinal parasite preventatives at our In-house Pharmacy.

If you like, we also sell them on our online veterinary pharmacy website.

Let  us help you find the correct preventative combination for you and your pet.
An infection is easily and affordably prevented through the regular use of a heartworm prevention products, such as Heartgard, FRONTLINE & NexGard.

These products are administered orally or topically (on-the-skin) and will prevent these parasites from attacking your pet.

These diseases can be prevented with a monthly prevention product.
Heartgard, FRONTLINE & NexGard
Help Prevent Disease at Home:
Pay attention to your pet’s behavior – You know your pet better than anyone else. If you see behavior changes that concern you, consult with your Florence Animal Hospital Veterinarian.
Dog and Cat Preventive Healthcare
Preventive Healthcare is Key
We created our website to help clients better understand why preventive healthcare is key to their pet’s long and healthy life, and to encourage you to regularly go see our veterinarian for guidance.

We hope you choose our veterinarians and the Florence Animal Hospital team.
Common Dog and Cat Parasites & Diseases
  • HEARTWORM
  • ROUNDWORM
  • HOOKWORM
  • WHIPWORM
  • TAPEWORM
  • GIARDIA
  • COCCIDIA
HOW DO THEY GET THESE WORMS? 
Infected by mosquito bites
When the infected mosquito bites another dog, the mosquito spreads the infective larvae to your dog through the bite wound.

Heartworm disease is only spread through the bite of a mosquito.

It takes about 6 to 7 months for the infective larvae to mature into adult heartworms.
Hookworms are also transmitted by ingesting infected soil or fecal matter, but they can also burrow through your pet's paw pads.

Roundworms and hookworms may be transmitted to people, therefore, it is important to clean up after your pet and use good hygiene practices.

Whipworm eggs can survive in the environment for years and most commonly infect your pet through ingestion.

Tapeworms are the least harmful but are usually the most obvious. They are transmitted by ingesting an infected flea (e.g. while grooming) or an infected rodent. Your pet cannot get tapeworms by eating a tapeworm.
What diseases can my pet get from ticks?

Most people know that ticks transmit Lyme disease, a chronic and debilitating illness, but they also carry bacteria that lead to other acute illnesses, such as anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis.

Some ticks carry more than one of these diseases, which can lead to co-infection.

These diseases vary in severity depending on animals age and overall health, and all are zoonotic, meaning they can infect humans and other non-canine family members.
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Florence Animal Hospital
2520 Melon St. Florence, SC 29501
Florence Animal Hospital
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(843) 407-3747
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Florence Animal Hospital
2520 Melon St.
Florence, SC 29501

(843) 407-3747
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Hours:
Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 12:00pm
Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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