Sylvan Veterinary Hospital

3520 Roselle Ave.
Modesto, CA 95357
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(209) 551–4527
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Flea and Tick Prevention:
Protecting Your Pet & Your Family From Parasites

flea tick prevention

While most people are aware of the dangers that fleas and ticks pose to their pets, many are surprised to learn that they can also carry parasites and diseases that can be spread to humans. In addition, because pets—dogs in particular—are indiscriminate about the items they pick up with their mouths, they can become infected with many other troublesome parasites as well.

Approximately 20% of the fecal tests conducted in the Modesto, California region come back positive. Perhaps more alarmingly, three of the top four parasites our veterinarians regularly diagnose are zoonotic, meaning they are transmittable to humans. The most common is Giardia, due to the numerous dairy farms in our area, followed by roundworms and hookworms.

Each time you bring your pet in for a wellness exam, our veterinarians will conduct a fecal test and a thorough physical to ensure that your pet is parasite free. We will also provide counseling about which pet medications will help make sure he or she stays that way.


Due to the Modesto climate, fleas are a year-round problem. Not only do they make your pet uncomfortable, they can also cause rashes, trigger allergic reactions, and transmit tapeworms. In addition, they are known to carry different strains of bacteria, including Bartonella. This bacteria infects felines and can result in cat scratch fever in humans.

There are some effective flea treatments available to protect dogs and cats from these persistent parasites. Our veterinarians will be happy to speak with you about them.

Ticks & Heartworms

Ticks can transmit numerous diseases to pets, as well as humans, so prevention is important to maintaining good pet health. If your dog frequently travels to the mountains or is used for hunting, our veterinarians will recommend a Lyme vaccine for his or her protection.

Heartworm infections are on the rise in Modesto. These deadly parasites are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito and can cause irreparable harm to both dogs and cats. While it is very difficult and expensive to treat, it is easy to prevent using a monthly pet medication. Heartworm preventive also guards against many other common parasites, including roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms, two of which can be transmitted to humans. We recommend that all of our pet patients receive regular heartworm protection.

Pet Pharmacy

For your convenience, our in-house pet pharmacy is fully stocked with the latest, most effective parasite prevention products. Our prices are competitive, and we will match or beat the prices found at most other pharmacies. We look forward to serving you!

Pet Health
Puppy & Kitten Wellness
Senior Pet Care
Flea & Tick Prevention
Pet Health Library

AAHA accreditedAmerican Animal Hospital Association’s process of accreditation is similar to what human hospitals go through.

Fear Free Certified

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Karin Wickstrom

I have been taking my Beagle, Destiny, to Sylvan Vet for the last 10 years. She has had many medical problems throughout her life. There were times that I didn’t think she was going to pull though, yet, with wonderful Veterinarians like Dr. Tiffany Cardoza and Dr. Kipp Magnussen, she is still here with me today. I am grateful for their expertise in knowing exactly what she needs and for their compassion towards the both of us, in our hour of need. We are very blessed to know that compassionate help is always there. My deepest thanks and appreciation.
DeAnna Bingham

Sylvan Veterinary Hospital has been an important part of our family’s life for several years now. Most recently they helped to preserve our pug Sweetie’s vision with a new surgery technique. Everyone in the hospital works diligently to serve our needs. There is open communication with the front office staff, the technicians and the doctors whenever necessary. Our concerns and questions are always addressed quickly and the doctors are always available to us whenever needed.
Roger and Diane

What a great neighborhood veterinary clinic! I love the convenient hours and boarding facility. They have a nice, friendly staff and team of doctors who involve me in making the right choice for my pet.
Karin Mcknight

I can’t say enough about the miraculous results you can get from laser therapy. I used it for my puppy’s foot wound that wouldn’t hold stitches. The wound was completely closed in three treatments-without a scar! Also, this pup has elbow dysplasia and laser has helped him quickly regain soundness when he played too roughly. And the best part- it’s not expensive. I’m a tried-and-true believer of this technology.
Lee Nudo and Jagger La Grange, CA

Eleven years ago, Dr. Kipp Magnussen saved the life of my young kitten and I was genuinely impressed with his compassion and competence. Over the years I have been extremely happy with the care all the vets and vet techs have provided for my various dogs and cats. In addition, it is a mark of commitment to the highest standards of quality medical care that Sylvan Vet is accredited through the AAHA. I continue to highly recommend this clinic.
Page Riskin, MD

We have been a client of Sylvan Vet for the past 20 years. Just recently, Bodie, our Chocolate Lab experienced a wound to his back that was quite serious. After two months of patience, determination and constant care by Dr. Kipp Magnussen, Bodie has been nursed back to health. Kipp's staff has become family to us. Each and every one of them is kind, friendly and compassionate! Bodie just celebrated his tenth Birthday and is even swimming again. Thank you Sylvan Vet!!
Anita Bauer

I love the doctors and staff at Sylvan Veterinary Hospital for the care and compassion they have given my dogs over the years. From luxating patella surgery to nail cleaning, the care level is the highest. I would recommend them to any and all pet owners.
Pat Osdahl