Parasites like fleas, ticks, and worms are a nuisance and unwanted in our pets and our homes. These pesky critters can cause sickness, pain, and in some cases, death. Parasites are a serious issue and must be dealt with as soon as possible by using the proper prevention methods.
Warm summers in Charlotte, North Carolina can bring in parasites. Fleas and ticks are the most common parasites, however, it is important to be aware of others such as heartworms and internal parasites. Mosquitos thrive in hot weather, which increases a pet’s risk for heartworm infection.
Fleas: Known to cause itchy and irritating bites on the skin and coat of cats and dogs, fleas are small insects that are a threat to both animals and people. If left untreated, fleas can lead to anemia and even death for the animal. Preventing fleas begins with keeping the house clean, regular grooming, and year-round preventative medicine.
Ticks: Ticks are tiny insects which latch onto dogs and cats, and in addition to having a painful bite, are tough to remove and can carry dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and more. The best way to prevent ticks on pets is to keep them on year-round preventative medication and to carefully inspect the animal after spending time outside. Keeping pets regularly groomed is another effective preventative measure to ward off ticks.
Heartworms: Heartworms are internal parasites that can appear in pets with just one mosquito bite. Once a pet is infected with heartworms, they are extremely difficult, expensive, and time consuming to treat. Side effects of heartworm infection can include permanent organ damage and death. Keeping pets on a year-round heartworm medication is an effective way to prevent heartworms.
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