Mar 03 2016

Parasites 101

As the weather gets warmer and you spend more time outside, your pets are more likely to be exposed to sometimes-serious infections and parasites. Each year, many pets are diagnosed with diseases carried by insects and parasites. Cost of treatment can be expensive and some diseases can lead to serious illness. Just as bad, many of these diseases can be transmitted to people the very same way our pets get them.

Check out these quick parasite prevention tips from the Companion Animal Parasite Council, Pet Health Network and Dr. Ruth MacPete, then learn more about parasites A-Z below:

  • Deworm your pets according to your veterinarian’s recommendationstick
  • Keep your pets on monthly year-round parasite preventatives
  • Take your pet to the veterinarian annually for routine parasite screenings
  • Wash your hands after any exposure to soil, sandboxes, and raw meat
  • Don’t let children eat dirt or food that has fallen to the ground
  • Pick-up after your pet and keep your yard free of feces
  • Cover sandboxes and play areas


Pet, Parasites and Protecting Your Family

By Dr. Ruth MacPete, Pet Health Network

footer2All dogs and cats are at risk for parasites. External parasites like fleas and ticks are usually easy to spot if you know what to look for, but others, like intestinal parasites and heartworm, can easily go undetected. Learn the basics about protecting your whole family from parasites

Fleas 101

By Dr. Ruth MacPete, Pet Health Network

fleaAlthough fleas can be a year-round problem depending on where you live or whether they have settled inside your home, summer marks the peak of flea season. Get the facts about preventing, detecting and getting rid of these pesky parasites.

Can My Dog Get Diseases from Mosquitoes?

Reviewed By Peter Kintzer DVM, DACVIM

moYes! Unprotected dogs are at risk of becoming infected with Heartworm, a potentially deadly parasite, when they’re bitten by a mosquito.






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