Parasites can be extremely irritating to pets and can cause serious problems and carry disease. At some point in their lives, most pets experience discomfort caused by internal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms and heartworms, as well as external parasites, such as fleas and ticks. Modern medicines make treatment, control, and prevention of parasites easy for pet owners.
Ticks - their dangerous bite
Tick exposure may be seasonal, but the problems that ticks can cause for your pets can result in lifetime consequences. Ticks are capable of spreading serious infectious diseases, such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. They can also cause tick paralysis. Disease risk varies by geographic area and tick species. Where we are located tick-borne diseases are very prevalent, so a preventative medication and testing are key in making sure your pet is safe and healthy.
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Fleas are tiny, but can be a BIG problem
Treating fleas can be difficult, no matter how small, it takes a minimum of three months of treatments. This includes frequent cleaning of your home, bedding, and at times even your yard. Because much of the flea’s life cycle is spent off of your pet, treating only your pet will not eliminate the problem. If you kill the adult fleas and do not kill the eggs, larvae and pupae, and your pet will become re-infested when these fleas become adults and the cycle will start all over again. Therefore, in addition to treating your pet, careful and regular cleaning of your pet’s living area helps to remove and kill flea eggs, larvae, and pupae.
Being proactive and using a flea and tick preventative can prevent you from the unnecessary hassle of having to treat your pet and your home, and even prevent unnecessary cost like having to get an exterminator. Call us today to discuss the options available for your pet!
Pets, Parasites, and People
Dogs and cats are not just pets. They are treated like members of the family. And like any member of your family, it’s important to keep your pets healthy and free of parasites.
It is fairly common for a dog or cat to become infected with an internal parasite at some point in its lifetime. Parasites can affect your pet in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritation to causing life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can even infect and transmit diseases to you and your family.
There are a number of intestinal worms that can infect dogs and cats, and they vary according to the species. In general, these include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms, and they are very prolific. In fact, one worm can produce more than 100,000 eggs per day, which are then passed in the pet’s feces and spread throughout the area the pet roams. Once in the environment, some of these eggs can remain infective and present a health risk for your pet and humans for years.
Routine care is the key to having your pet live a long, healthy life. At your pet's annual preventative care visit, ask about deworming, as it is recommended.
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