Parasite Prevention

Pets and Parasites: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

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 see our Parasite Resources or speak to your veterinarian at 978-454-8272.. We recommend year round Interceptor® for heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention for dogs; year round Revolution® for heartworm prevention and intestinal parasite prevention for cats; and year round Frontline® for flea and tick prevention for dogs and cats

 

Parasite Resources

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