Parasites are critters that your pet is exposed to all of their life, so it’s in their best interest for them to be protected. When your pet becomes infected with parasites, it can have short and long-term effects that can lower its quality of life. With a prevention plan in place, you can give your pet a better chance against the parasites that can harm them.
What parasites can infect my pet?
There are several types of parasites that can infect your pet. Thankfully with preventative measures and prompt treatment we can protect your loyal companion. Some parasites attack the skin and outer structures; these are called external parasites. Mange mites, ticks, fleas and ringworms are all external parasites. Then there are internal parasites, some of which can be transmitted to humans. Some examples of internal parasites are hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms. (These worms are zoonotic meaning they can transfer between species.) Your pet is also susceptible to heartworms (which are mostly seen in dogs, but cats can also get them).
What are signs that my pet has parasites?
The symptoms that your pet is infected with parasites can be mild or severe based on how long they’ve had the infestation. Here are some signs to look for:
- Swollen abdomen
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Dry persistent cough
- Itching and scratching
- Hair loss
- Red bumps and protruding lumps
How can I protect my pet from infestations?
The best way to protect your pet is to have them on a year-round prevention plan. Preventatives should continue through all seasons even if certain parasites aren’t prevalent during that time. Our veterinarians will create a dosing schedule if your pet gets infected. To speak with one of our veterinarians about a prevention plan for your loyal companion, please call us at 416-489-8387.