Parasites transmit potential illness and fatal conditions to your pets every day- EVERY DAY. To prevent your pet from becoming a medical statistic, understanding parasitic control is critical to his/her overall health. Consistent use of tick control will help protect your dog and reduce the likelihood of you or your family being exposed. Most pet owners think of fleas and ticks as pests that are prominent during summer and fall, but they are a year round reality that must be kept under control even in cold weather months. These parasites survive winters in protective climates that may exist under the house, in garages or in rodent burrows. Ticks carry and transmit a range of severe diseases to both animals and humans, while fleas can, and often do, cause serious allergic skin reactions. According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council, fleas can cause anemia in small and young animals by feeding on your pet’s blood and they transmit the organism that causes cat scratch disease.
The most common parasites you should learn more about are fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and intestinal worms. Fleas transmit tapeworms and Bartonellosi. Ticks transmit Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and bacteria that cause Lyme Disease. Mosquitoes transmit West Nile Disease, leishmaniasis and are the source for the life threatening heartworm disease. Intestinal worms cause serious gastrointestinal problems, which can also be acute.
For more information on any of these topics click on this article or speak to your veterinarian at 978-373-4422.. We recommend year round Heartgard® Plus for heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention for dogs; year round Revolution® for heartworm prevention and intestinal parasite prevention for cats; and year round Frontline® Plus for flea and tick prevention for dogs and cats
|American Heartworm Society|
|External Parastes||Heartworm Disease|
|Lyme Disease||West Nile Virus|
|Fleas in Cats||Ticks in Cats|
|Fleas in Dogs||Tciks in Dogs|
|Pets and Parasites (CAPC)||Growing up with Pets|