Monsters Within

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  • April 12, 2016
Brown Dog Tick nymphs under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. They look like crabs without pincers and have six legs.

MONSTERS WITHIN – - – Pet Parasites in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

Any dog or cat in San Tan Valley could easily be harboring Monsters within its body and we may not know it. These Monsters are the parasites that can afflict our pets. Under the microscope, they look as bad or worse than the monsters that Hollywood dreams up. Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic tests for, diagnoses or treats parasites in cats and dogs daily. Commonly encountered parasites in San Tan Valley include:

  • mites in the skin and ears
  • ticks and fleas in and on the skin of the pet.
  • worms and protozoans (one celled animals) in the gastrointestinal tract
  • heartworms in the blood vessels and heart
Demodectes mite on a skin scraping from a dog. High power under the microscope Cigar shaped with legs and thick tail. Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic in San Tan Valley.

Demodectes mite on a skin scraping from a dog at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. High power

Mange mites (Demodectes)

Can cause areas of the skin to lose hair and the skin to become red and scaly. Sometimes they can cause “itchiness”. They are a consideration in almost any skin abnormality.

 

 

Ear mites

Common finding in outdoor cats and some dogs. They cause ear infections, scratching and head shaking

 

Brown Dog Tick nymphs under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. They look like crabs without pincers and have six legs.

Brown Dog Tick nymphs under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic. Taken from a dog in San Tan Valley.

 

Brown Dog Ticks

Suck the blood of its host and transmit other diseases like Tick Fever. Tick Fever can affect the dog in many ways, including just “not acting right”, lethargy, eating less and sudden bleeding episodes.

 

 

 

Front end of this flea looks like a monster under the microscope at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic

Flea taken from a cat at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic in San Tan Valley. Low power under the microscope.

Fleas

 

Occasionally seen on cats or dogs, but our dry climate does not allow them to multiply as easily as in other areas of the country.
Unless an owner uses “swamp cooling” they are easily handled once identified.

 

 

 

Intestinal parasites

The various worms and protozoans of dogs and cats can effect the eating, weight, activity level and stool consistency. Some can even be transmitted to people from the pet.

 

Heartworms

Heartworm Positive Snap Test

Positive heartworm test at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic.

The staff at Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic diagnoses a number of heartworm cases each year.  Only half of these heartworm cases receive proper treatment because of the cost and involved treatment protocol. These pets can suffer from decreased energy and activity caused by lung and heart damage. Eventually it can kill the dog.

 

 

 

 

 

Johnson Ranch Animal Clinic uses thorough examinations, microscopy, stool parasite screening and blood testing to detect these monsters in our pets. They can be treated and preventive measures taken once identified.

Our goal is to keep the pets of San Tan Valley healthy and happy so they and their owners can enjoy the special bond that develops between people and their pets.

For more information, visit the Pet Health tab of this website or call or text us at 480-987-4555

Contact Us

270 East Hunt Hwy, Ste. #4
San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
480-987-4555