Parasites can cause deadly health issues for your pet. Regardless of their lifestyle, all pets are at risk of becoming infected. Even though parasites are always around, your pet can be protected by following a strict year-round prevention plan. Constant protection is necessary as some parasites are zoonotic, which means humans can also catch them. We encourage you to speak with your veterinarian about protecting your furry friend. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at 519-948-7727.
What parasites can affect my pet?
Pets can be infected with two types of parasites: internal and external. Internal parasites cannot be seen, but it doesn’t mean that your pet doesn’t have them. They can wreak havoc on your pet’s organs which may be challenging to reverse. Internal parasites include roundworms, whipworms, coccidia, hookworms, heartworms and tapeworms. External parasites attack your pet’s physical body, making it easier to diagnose. Some external parasites are ticks, fleas, and mites.
Where do pets get parasites from?
Parasites are always a threat to your pet’s health because they can be anywhere within their surroundings. Your pet can get parasites from:
- other pets they come in contact with while boarding or at dog parks
- contaminated soil – some plant potting soil contains hookworms or roundworms
- eating/ingesting fleas or cockroaches
- their mothers – roundworms are one of the most common worms that puppies and kittens get from their mother
- Heavily wooded or tall grass areas with wild animals
What are signs that my pet may have parasites?
When your pet has parasites, you may notice the following:
- Weight loss
- Itching and scratching
- Protruding lumps
- Swollen belly
Will my pet need parasite prevention if they are healthy?
Yes! Parasites can infect your pet at any time they come in contact with other animals. Sometimes parasites can hide inside your home. Sometimes, there aren’t any signs in the early stages of an infestation, which means treatment can be more difficult.