Fleas, ticks and worms - ugh! Not only are these unwelcome, but parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites can become a serious health concern for both you and your pet. Not only irritating to your pet, they can cause serious skin problems and even carry disease. Thankfully with today’s medications they can be effectively prevented and treated.
External parasites: fleas, ticks, mites
Fleas are a threat that’s not only skin deep. An irritant and a nuisance, they also have the potential to cause serious illnesses including blood loss and the transmission of tapeworms. A single flea can bite your pet up to 400 times a day, and the adult flea you can see with the naked eye represents only 5% of an infestation. The rest is in the unseen egg, larval, and pupae stages.
Ticks transmit potentially life-threating illnesses through their irritating bites, such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, Babesia, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Internal parasites: worms
Intestinal parasites (worms) can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and be potentially life threatening to immune compromised animals. Examples of types of internal parasites are: roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia and heartworm disease.