Parasites can spread harmful diseases to your pet, causing conditions ranging from an allergic reaction to life-threatening health issues. Parasite control is the best way to protect your pet against potential problems. By providing your pet with regular preventative care, you’re giving them broad-spectrum protection against preventable health issues.
What types of parasites can affect my pet?
If left unprotected, your pet is in jeopardy of being infected by internal and external parasites. Internal parasites affect your pet’s organs and internal systems, often causing irreparable damage even after your pet has recovered. External parasites commonly infect your pet’s skin or transmit diseases. Some symptoms your pet could experience include failure to grow (puppies and kittens), scooting, weight loss, decreased appetite, diarrhea, vomiting, itching, and generally looking unwell.
Are external or internal parasites more harmful?
Both types of parasites can cause health complications for your pet. Some common internal and external parasites we see include:
- Roundworms – These are the most common intestinal worms, often living inside your pet’s small intestine. Over 10,000 cases of animal roundworms cause illness in children every year in North America.
- Heartworms – These are potentially deadly parasites transmitted by mosquitoes. Pets infected with heartworm disease struggle with heart and lung issues, which can sometimes be fatal.
- Fleas – These are the most common external parasite, affecting cats and dogs the most during warmer months. Apart from skin allergies, fleas can pass on tapeworms, an intestinal parasite that affects your pet’s digestive tract.
- Ticks – These external parasites feed on your pet and are often carriers for harmful illnesses like Lyme disease.
How can parasite control prevent infections?
Parasite control plans are the best way to protect your pet from infections. Even keeping them inside all the time won’t safeguard them from parasites. Taking a monthly preventive and yearly deworming can prevent your pet from contracting harmful diseases or dealing with life-altering health issues. Monthly preventives include topic creams, injections, and oral tablets. Our veterinary team will prescribe ones that work best for your pet. To learn more about parasite control plans for your pet, please contact us at 613-258-5745.