Keeping your pets happy and healthy requires special attention to parasitic threats. Animals are at particular risk from parasites and it is your responsibility as a pet owner to keep these risks at a minimum. At Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis, Dr. Fenoglio is here to help. Let’s look at a few parasite prevention tips that you can use to keep your furry friends protected.
Are Parasites Dangerous?
Animals are at risk of contracting parasites. These parasites can have a huge impact on their health and well-being. When left untreated, parasites can be fatal. These invaders will rob your pet of vital nutrients as well as introduce dangerous bacteria and viruses into their system. In addition to posing a threat to your animal, these parasites can also pose a risk to the members of your family. Many parasites can be passed from animals to humans. Let’s look at some common parasites and how to prevent them.
Ticks are a seasonal parasite that can attack your pet when it is outdoors. Ticks will suck blood from your pet and pass on dangerous diseases. You can prevent ticks by treating your pet with topical solutions that repel them. Talk with your veterinarian to decide which tick prevention method is best.
Fleas are small insects that can infest your pet’s fur and your home. Flea bites leave behind an itchy bump. Fleas can spread diseases but can be prevented with topical solutions or oral solutions. Your veterinarian will need to be consulted to determine the best prevention method for your animal.
Heartworms are fatal parasites that infest the internal organs of animals. Heartworms are often seen in animals that live outdoors, but indoor animals can contract heartworms as well. To prevent this very dangerous parasite, you will need to have your pet on heartworm treatment. Our veterinarian will provide advice on which treatment to use.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Indianapolis, IN
If you would like to learn more about parasite prevention or our other veterinary services, contact Dr. Fenoglio at Augusta Animal Clinic. Call our team today at (317) 291-4553 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.