The first thing we did with Archie was to give him a complete physical examination.
He looked healthy overall, but did have some parasites on-board.
He had ear mites. Ear mites tend to cause a lot of irritation and discomfort, as well as being really gross.
He also had fleas. Fleas cause itch and can move into our homes. In severe cases, they can also cause anemia (lack of red blood cells). If Archie was chewing at itchy spots and happened to swallow a flea, he could get tapeworm that way.
We used a single topical product to treat both the fleas and the ear mites.
Next up, the blood tests and vaccinations we gave to our new little friend.