Parasite Prevention

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Parasites can be a major problem for your pets, causing discomfort and health issues.

It’s important to know how to spot a parasite problem so you can take action quickly. Here are some common parasites and what you need to know about them:

Fleas

Fleas are a common pest that can cause a variety of issues for your pets.

Some pets can have an allergic reaction to flea bites called Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD), causing extreme irritation and itchiness. In severe infestations, pets can even develop anemia, which occurs when fleas feast on their host’s blood.

Fleas can also carry other parasites and infectious diseases, such as the tapeworm parasite.

Flea infestations can be difficult to get rid of due to the flea life cycle that can be completed within as little as three weeks. They are capable of hiding in cracks, carpets, and even baseboards, and their eggs can remain dormant for months.

It’s important to use a veterinary-approved flea prevention product on every animal in your household to protect them from fleas.

 

Ticks

Ticks can be found in various regions and times of the year, depending on where you live.

Ticks are attracted to hosts such as dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, cattle, and small to large mammals. Although rare, ticks can consume enough of your dog’s blood to cause a deficiency called anemia. Certain female ticks can also cause a rare paralysis in dogs as a result of a toxin they produce while feeding.

Ticks can cause diseases such as Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can result in joint swelling, painful lameness, fever, and other signs.

Regular use of tick control products recommended by your veterinarian is the best way to prevent ticks from attaching to your pets.

 

Heartworm

Heartworms are among the most dangerous and damaging parasites that affect pets, particularly dogs. Heartworm disease can result in your dog’s death if left untreated.

Mosquitoes transmit heartworms, and all it takes is one bite to infect your pet. Heartworm larvae migrate to the lungs, heart, and sometimes the liver and kidneys. Long-term infections can cause organ failure and damage.

It’s much easier and less expensive to prevent heartworms than to treat them. Your veterinarian can advise you on the best prevention product for your pets.

Other parasites that can affect pets include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and ear mites.

Knowing the signs of parasite infestations and taking preventative measures can help keep your furry friends healthy and happy.

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