Protecting your pets from parasites
Parasites are a common problem seen by our vets all year round but as spring and summer approach, flowers are in bloom and parasites are widespread looking to find a home in or on your pet. Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are out in force and ready to infect pets that are not using parasite prevention. Other parasites, less well known but still important to protect your pets from, include roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.
Parasites are organisms that spend their lives on or living inside our pets. They are debilitating to your pet by hosting off of their nutrition and cause damage to your pet’s health and wellbeing.
Some parasites can even be transferred from animals to people with children and the elderly being most at risk. This is called a “zoonotic” infection or disease. Although the risk of contracting a zoonotic infection is low, the consequences of infection with zoonotic diseases cannot be ignored.
Fortunately, there are many parasite preventatives available to assist in keeping your pet safe from these pesky parasites. Your local Greencross Vet can assist with selecting the most appropriate product to suit the individual needs for your dog or cat.
Continue reading to learn more about specific parasites and how you can protect your pet from them.
What parasites can affect my pet?
Do you struggle with keeping your pet flea free in the warmer months? Don't be alarmed because you are not the only one! During the warmer months fleas are getting ready to attac... read more
Everything you need to know about paralysis ticks! What are paralysis ticks? Ticks are small parasites that inhabit mainly scrubby areas in the warmer, humid months of the year. They are foun... read more
Heart worm is a parasitic worm that is transmitted by mosquitos & infects dogs & cats. An infected mosquito bites the pet and injects a larval stage of the worm under the skin... read more
Intestinal worms are parasites that all pet owners should worry about. Regular routine worming is so important yet it is often overlooked. As a rule, all puppies and kittens need to be wormed every two weeks until 12 weeks of age, then every month until they reach 6 months of age and then every 3 months for the rest of their life... read more
What is Giardia? Giardia is a tiny microscopic protozoan parasite that is infectious to both humans and pets all over the world. Giardia have whip-like structures called “flagella & r... read more