Most pet owners have at least some awareness of parasites. These are creatures that live either on or inside your pet’s body and survive by drawing their nutrition via your pet’s blood. As you can imagine, the effects of living with parasites are at best unpleasant for your baby, and at worst, can have life-threatening consequences. Three of the most common parasites are fleas, ticks, and heartworms. Here’s what you need to know about why protecting your pet from these parasitic creatures is so important.
Fleas are probably the most common of all parasites. These tiny, wingless creatures are nearly impossible to see with the naked eye and live on your pet’s body, buried within the fur where they bite through the skin to drink your pet’s blood. There’s a number of reasons why it is crucial to protect your pet from fleas.
Contrary to popular belief, ticks can actually be found across the United States and so veterinarians recommend year-round protection against them, irrespective of where you live. These small creatures are particularly prevalent in rural areas where they hide in grasses and woodland to drop onto passing people or pets. They too feed on blood and will feed for several days before dropping off and waiting for a new host to pass by. Here’s why you need to make protecting your pet from ticks a priority.
There are many different types of worms, but heartworms are undoubtedly the most serious in nature. Dogs are the most natural host for heartworms, but cats can be affected too. Heartworms are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito carrying the parasite. Once your pet has contracted them, the immature heartworm will travel to the blood vessels serving the heart and lungs where they will mature and grow. There is a range of reasons why it is essential that you protect your pet from heartworms.
The good news is that there are lots of different preventatives available that can be used to successfully protect your pet from these parasites and more. Our dedicated veterinary team will work with you to determine which preventatives are right for your pet and will arrange a schedule with which they should be administered to ensure that your pet has adequate protection all year round. Please call our offices to schedule an appointment.