Flowers are not the only thing starting to bloom this season, with the onset of warmer weather and more time spent outside the risk of a pet parasite invasion starts to rise with the higher temperatures.
Parasites can range from being several inches long to microscopic in size, but no matter what the size the best course of protection from the parasite army is making sure your parasite prevention is effective and up to date now.
A little about these cringe-worthy critters;
Fleas are usually at the top of a pet owner’s concern, as they should be! These little warriors complete their life cycle in about 14 days and will spread thousands of eggs into your environment. One bite from a flea can result in flea allergy dermatitis which will drive you and your pet mad with irritation and relentless scratching. Thankfully, there are quite a few effective treatments out there to prevent flea infestations in pets.
Mosquitoes are annoying to pets but why are they dangerous?! Besides causing local skin irritation, the mosquito bite can transmit heartworm. This is a very serious parasite that is responsible for heart and respiratory disease in dogs and cats. Using a good heartworm preventative is essential to controlling this parasite.
We don’t always hear so much about them, but intestinal parasites are always a cause for concern. Most intestinal parasites are transmitted when the organism is ingested in poo or contaminated soil or water. Worms in the intestines can be quite large or barely visible to the naked eye. You may have heard of them – roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms.
Infection usually results in poor body condition, a dull coat, digestive issues such as intermittent episodes of diarrhea (many times bloody) vomiting then anemia, and malnutrition. These are ALL preventable by using regular parasite control! And so, the message is clear prevention is better than cure, we don’t want these wriggly woes marching into your fur family this season.
If you feel you would like more information on what products you can use to suit your fur family pop in and talk to one of our team today.