Parasites can cause a range of health issues for your pet, from minor skin irritation to more life-threatening diseases. We recommend having a parasite control plan for your pet, which includes a monthly preventive that gives them comprehensive protection against a range of these pesky pests.
Does my indoor pet need preventives?
Even pets who spend the majority of their time indoors need a parasite control plan. Two types of parasites can cause health issues for your pet – internal and external parasites. Internal parasites like heartworms, whipworms, roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms can cause infections inside your pet’s vital organs. For example, heartworms can make a home out of your pet’s heart, lungs and blood vessels, causing long lasting damage. External parasites like fleas, ticks and mites can transmit diseases like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain-spotted fever as well as cause skin infections.
Are parasite infections contagious?
Some parasite infections can be passed onto pet parents and other loved ones because they’re zoonotic. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet, taking them in for a checkup could also mean safeguarding yourself against a potential infection. Some signs of a parasite infection include:
- Weight loss
How do preventives protect my pet?
Preventives can protect your pet by safeguarding them against a range of parasites. Parasite control plans are created to suit your pet’s personalized needs. For example, if your pet is more prone to fleas or ticks, spot-on treatments can be used to kill them if they come in contact with them. Oral medications can be prescribed and given to your pet once a month. If you’re interested in learning which preventives are a good fit for your pet, please contact us at 905-983-9010.