Parasites commonly cause disease in cats and dogs. Parasites can live on the skin (ectoparasites) or inside the body (endoparasites). Understanding more about external and internal parasites can help you prevent parasitic diseases in your pet.
It is fairly common for a dog or cat to become infected with an internal or external parasite at some point in its lifetime. Parasites can affect your pet in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritation to causing life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can infect and transmit diseases to people.
- Hookworms, Whipworms, Roundworms, and Tapeworms are a common problem we see in dogs and cats, and checking a fecal sample yearly can help prevent problems these parasites can cause.
- With respect to dogs we like to start prevention for this blood parasite that is spread by mosquitoes at 9-12 weeks of age. Prevention is monthly, and keeping up with regular dosing is very important. We check dogs every 2 years with a blood test to assure that they are negative for heartworms. We do this since nothing is 100% and catching a heartworm infection early is always best.
- With regards to cats, their risk is reduced as compared to dogs, so routine checks are typically not done unless an infection is suspected.
Flea & Tick Control–
- Due to the many products on the market- oral and topical we recommend our clients call for current recommendations.