Parasites can create preventable health concerns for your furry friend. Leaving your pet unprotected from parasites means they’re more susceptible to both external and internal infections. These include allergic reactions to tick bites or more life-threatening and long-term health problems.
What types of parasites infect pets?
Pets can be infected by a range of external and internal parasites. External parasites are those like fleas, ear mites, mange mites and ticks, which can cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. Ticks can also transmit serious infections like Lyme disease, which can be passed on to humans. Children, seniors, pregnant or immunocompromised people living at home are more susceptible to these infections. Internal parasites our furry friends commonly contract are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and heartworms.
Does my pet need more than one preventive?
Certain risk factors, like your environment or how often your pet interacts with other animals, makes them more prone to parasite infections. As part of their parasite control plan, we’ll discuss which preventives work best for your pet’s needs. For some furry friends, this means one broad spectrum preventive medication that provides protections against both external and internal parasites. In other cases, a combination of methods would be best for your pet. If you’re interested in creating a parasite control plan for your pet, please contact us at 705-476-3913.
How do preventives provide protection?
It’s important to closely follow our directions for giving your pet their medication. Even missing one dose of a preventive can put your pet in jeopardy of parasite infections. Before your pet starts a new medication or if they miss a dose, getting them tested ensures they don’t have an infection. Giving your pet their parasite control while they’re infected can create health complications.