Pets can be infected by various internal and external parasites, which can cause illnesses. Though many of these illnesses are treatable, it is easier to protect your pet from contracting them. Parasite control plans are tailored specifically to your pet’s needs, based on their susceptibility to parasite infections, lifestyle, and environment.
What parasites does my pet need protection against?
Some of the most common internal and external parasites that affect pets are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, fleas, ticks and ear mites. Internal parasites affect your pet’s internal organs and systems, creating health complications ranging from curable infections to death in severe cases. For example, pets with a whipworm infection often don’t show any symptoms. However, as it progresses, you could notice that your pet is losing weight, dehydrated or has bloody diarrhea. External parasites affect your pet’s external body parts, triggering infections, allergic reactions or transmission of diseases. For example, to identify ticks, look out for intense itching, extensive skin damage, biting, licking or scratching.
What can I do to protect my pet?
Ensuring your pet is on a parasite control plan is an essential step to safeguarding them against parasites. Parasite control plans typically include a range of preventives that can target a range of parasites when combined. If you have concerns about your pet being infected by a specific parasite, we can discuss ways an individualized plan can support their needs. For example, if your pet is prone to fleas, we can recommend an oral or topical medication. To learn more about parasite control plans for your pet, please give us a call at 519-661-0496.
Does a parasite control plan only include medication?
Parasite control also includes measures you can take at home to minimize the risk of parasite infections, both for your pet and your family, including:
- Cleaning up your pet’s waste to limit the spread of infectious parasite eggs
- Discouraging children from putting soil in their mouth
- Covering sandboxes when they’re not being used
- Practicing good hygiene after interacting with your pet