Pesky parasites can be passed on to you and your family so be sure to treat your pet regularly
Did you know that you should be treating your pet for parasites, even if they don’t have them? Fleas and worms (in particular) don’t only cause animals discomfort, but they can also be passed on to you and your family, as well as spread harmful conditions.
Fleas live in warm environments such as your pet’s fur, your home furnishings and grass in the warmer months. They can also have up to 50 offspring every single day, which can make them extremely difficult to get rid of.
Fleas survive by drinking warm blood and when they ‘bite’ it will result in a sore, red, itchy bump; this is because flea saliva is an allergen. Additionally, the more fleas your pet has, the more bites they will experience which in extreme cases can cause anaemia, and even death.
The most common way for an animal to develop a worm infestation is by swallowing fleas (whilst grooming), which typically carry worm eggs. The egg then hatches into a worm in your pet’s stomach where it will survive by feeding on the food there. Then, depending on the type of worm, it may migrate through the body tissue until it reaches the lungs, in most cases causing fatality.
Unfortunately there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment for parasites. You’re therefore strongly recommended to speak with a veterinary professional about your pet’s needs to ensure that they are being protected effectively.
At STAR Vet Clinic our team is made up of friendly experts who are each dedicated to providing unrivalled preventative care. Therefore, if you are ever concerned that your pet has parasites, or would simply like some advice about preventing an infestation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
For a list of symptoms of fleas and worms, please click here
For more information about parasites, or to book an appointment for your pet at our practice, please contact our friendly team by calling 01530 270170
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