Fast moving. Blood sucking. Disease spreading.
It’s disturbing, the thought that parasites could be on your pet even as you read this sentence. It’s also a medical reality that can cause serious health issues if not protected against or treated.
There are a variety of parasites that can affect our pets in a multitude of ways. Factors such as where we live, the climate and exposure to other animals can increase our pets risk of encountering external parasites.
Lyme Disease Risks
More recently, Lyme Disease has come into the “lyme-light”. This bacterium, transmitted by ticks, was thought to be the greatest risk to outdoors-men and adventurers. However, increased global temperatures, unregulated migration of wild life and lack of parasite control has provided a suitable environment for thriving young tick populations to pop up almost anywhere.
At Front Street Animal Hospital, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. But pets that are not protected often develop parasites, leading to serious problems for them and their owners.
The cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of treatment, which can be expensive and stressful on your pet. Parasites like heartworm can even be fatal, so preventing parasites is of the utmost importance.