Parasites are more common than you may think, but there is no need to be alarmed. While parasites like fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and intestinal parasites pose a serious threat to our pets, administering year-round parasite preventatives can help your pet avoid being affected.
In every single case, prevention against parasites is much easier than the treatment of them. Here at Family Pet Clinic, we use a two-step prevention method that effectively protects pets against parasites: continuous preventative medication and annual parasite testing.
Our medical team will take into account your pets lifestyle, geography and overall risk of exposure to determine which preventative medication is most suitable for your pet. Our recommendations are easy to administer, and often come in the form of a pill, treat or collar. Parasite testing is usually done through a fecal or blood exam.
Read below to learn more about what types of parasite your dog is likely to be exposed to. Please come prepared with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your pet’s parasite prevention plan.
Fleas tend to be more prevalent in the warmer months, but are present all year round. They reproduce at a rapid rate and can be transferred from animals to people. When fleas bite, it can lead to a variety of potential ailments, including tapeworms, allergies, and bacterial infections. In the most extreme cases, a flea bite can result in death.
Ticks carry dangerous conditions like ehrlichiosis, Bartonella, anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tick paralysis, and Lyme disease.
You must check your dog (and yourself) for ticks every time you take them outside. Ticks are most prevalent in grassy terrains and wooded areas.
Mosquitoes themselves can only cause itchy and uncomfortable bites for your pet. However, mosquitos pass heartworm larvae to animals, which can pose life-threatening infection to your pet. Dogs are more likely to get heartworm larvae, but cats are also susceptible.
Heartworms are some of the most brutal parasites out there. They occupy vital areas of the body such as the heart, lungs, and blood vessels. Heartworms can cause irreversible damage that can result in a slow death for pets. Save your pet from this agonizing pest and have them keep up with monthly preventatives.
Intestinal Parasites are very common in pets and can result in serious illness if left untreated. Some examples of intestinal parasites include hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, roundworms, and giardia and coccidia. Such parasites are often spread through contact with the soil and the stool of other pets, meaning that your pet is susceptible whenever they go outside. However, an infection can be easily prevented.
Due to their immature immune systems, puppies and kittens tend to be the most at-risk to being infected with intestinal parasites. This is why it is so important that you bring in your new pets as early as possible so they keep up with their preventatives!
People are also at risk of contracting intestinal parasites. This means that when you protect your pet with preventative plans, you are also keeping you and your family safe. In addition to preventatives, it is recommended that you maintain proper pet hygiene and also wash your hands anytime after you handle a pet who has been outside recently.
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