Parasites and Your Pet
Dogs and Cats are susceptible to a variety of internal and external parasites. These bugs can not only be a nuisance to your pet but some can cause significant diseases. In addition some of these parasites can affect you and your family!
Intestinal parasites that affect pets include Whipworms, Roundworms, and Hookworms. These pests can commonly cause diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, and poor hair coat. Roundworm and hookworm infections can be particularly devastating to young animals so it is important to deworm your new puppy or kitten as your veterinarian recommends. Hookworms and roundworms can also infect humans-especially children! This makes it imperative to keep your pet on routine parasite control. The eggs of many of these parasites are very difficult to destroy and once a yard is infected often the only way to prevent chronic infestation of your pet is by use of a monthly preventative.
Fortunately many of the available monthly heartworm preventatives also protect against various intestinal parasites. Please ask the staff about the best preventative for your pet!
External parasites include fleas and ticks. Fleas and ticks can play a part in the transmission of other infectious diseases as well as causing itching that is often followed by skin infections. In addition a large population of fleas can develop rapidly in a household where no prevention is used and these bugs can start biting you!
Great preventatives are available from your veterinarian to control ticks and fleas. Some of these are combined with heartworm preventatives and some focus on just fleas and ticks. Please ask the staff what your pet needs!