Parasites can cause significant disease with debilitating effects for pets. Some can also have an impact on human health. Their ability to hide, survive and multiply make them pretty impressive pests, but not the kind of things pets and pet owners want in their homes!
Thankfully most parasites that affect pets can be treated or prevented. That’s why parasite control should be a priority for all pet owners.
Whilst most pet owners know they need to treat their pet regularly, it’s a misconception to think that this is only as the weather starts to warm up and that they do not need to keep up protective treatment during the cooler months.
In recent years, the tick population in the UK has started to feed earlier in the year, and continue for longer due, to increasingly warm, wet winters. Fleas are also becoming a year-round problem, as a centrally heated house with pets provides a warm home with a constant food source.
It’s also important to understand that as your dog or cat grooms, if they eat a flea which is infected with tapeworm, this can lead to other problems.
Helping owners to understand how to prevent and treat parasites is an important aspect of a vet’s work. The vet has the knowledge to be able to give the best advice to ensure your pet gets the right treatment at the right time.
Without this advice you could be giving your pet the wrong preventive product and unintentionally causing harm to your pet.
Many veterinary practices have a Pet Health Plan that will cover most preventive care for a pet with the cost broken down into monthly payments. For my practice our plan covers ticks as well.