Creepy crawlies- how to protect your pet against parasites

What is a parasite?
Parasites are creatures that live in or on another animal (also known as a host) . Pets can easily pick up these ‘extra passengers’, and once infected, they can potentially pass them on to you or other animals in your house.
There are two broad groups of parasites-
Endoparasites live on the inside of their host’s body. They include roundworms, lungworm and tapeworm.
Ectoparasites live on the outside of their hosts and include fleas, ticks and mites.

Why is it important to protect your pet against them?
• Preventing itchy skin - fleas and mites can cause your pet to become very itchy.
Some pets are also allergic to flea saliva and can have very bad skin reactions.
• Preventing disease – Certain parasites can spread serious diseases. Ticks can carry Lymes disease, and Lungworm infections can be fatal.
• Protecting yourself- Some parasites can live on humans too. Roundworms can cause blindness in people, Tapeworm can also cause a lot of harm to humans. By keeping your pet protected you are also keeping you and your family safe.

 
How to keep your pet safe
There are lots of products available to help prevent your pet from picking up parasites. They all differ in terms of how long they last, how you give them and what they treat. As each pets needs and lifestyle are different, we recommend speaking to a vet, nurse or receptionist who can advise the best treatment for you and your pet.


My cat is an indoor cat. Should I still worm them?

We would still recommend routine worming and flea prevention. If you have an indoor cat there is still potential for them to come into contact with fleas, which can carry tapeworm eggs within their body. If your cat grooms themselves and accidentally ingests a flea they could become infected with tapeworm.

 
Travelling abroad- some extra advice
Other countries around the world have different types of parasites, including Sand fly and Heartworm . If you are planning to take your pet abroad, please speak to a member of the veterinary team for advice on what protection they may need.

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