Parasites are a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.
These tiny bugs fall into the category of ectoparasites, meaning they live on or just under your petís skin. If s/he is suffering from an infestation of fleas, you can be fairly confident that those critters are residing in your home and yard as well. While fleas are hard to see, you will most definitely detect evidence of them through your pet scratching and biting. Occasionally, you may see tiny, wingless brown spots moving quickly across his skinís surface.
Ticks are another parasite that commonly affect dogs, particularly during the summer season. While you can find these critters in almost any environment, their favorite spots are warm, grassy and wooded. Certain types of tick bites can be quite harmful to your pet, causing symptoms like irritation, hypersensitivity, skin damage, anemia and can spread diseases that can be dangerous if left untreated.
It is not at all unusual for a puppy to have an internal parasite of one type or another. The problem is that these parasites can affect how effectively your puppyís body can absorb nutrients, and ultimately affect the healthy growth and development of your pet.
Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. However, the ones 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 you and your pet. Parasites like heartworm can even be fatal, so preventing parasites is of the utmost importance.