There are several different types of parasites that your pet can come in contact with. Just a few mentioned below include intestinal parasites, heartworms, fleas, mites and ticks.
Heartworms can be particularly deadly. They will take up residence in the lungs and blood vessels which is never good. Dogs will have problems breathing properly along with numerous other signs if they are infected with these worms. Monthly medication is the best way to avoid having to deal with these parasites.
Internal parasites frequently affect the intestinal tract which can lead to problems such as chronic diarrhea and weight loss. Intestinal parasites can also cause puppies or kittens to lose weight or fail to grow properly by keeping them from getting proper nutrition.
Fleas are very common parasites and can be passed back and forth between dogs and cats. For every adult flea found on your pet, there are hundreds and thousands of eggs left behind in your carpets and on your furniture. Fleas also transmit other diseases and parasites such as tapeworms. A monthly oral or topical preventative recommended by your veterinarian can help prevent fleas from bothering your pet and getting into the house.
Ticks are another topical parasite that can be prevented by a monthly product from your veterinarian. Your pet picks up ticks from outdoor wooded areas such as forests and low bushes and ferns. Pets attach to your pet and feed on your pet’s blood. During this process, they can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Always find out if an area you will visit has a problem with ticks so you can get your pet on the right preventative.
Mites can be found both in the ears and on the skin. Ear mites are very common in kittens but also can be found in older cats and dogs. They are contagious and and very itchy, causing black crusts in the ear. Mites can also infect the skin of your pet and cause hair loss and extreme itching.
Whether concerned about a parasite you found on your pet or wanting more information, be sure to always ask your veterinarian the best way to keep your pet pest free.