Protecting your dog and cat from parasites is a year-round process! As the winter months are winding down into a warm spring, something that all pet owners should be wary of is parasites and the sickness and symptoms that are associated with them. With winter almost over your pet will be more at risk of things such as fleas and ticks than ever before and it’s up to you to help out!

Ticks

Ticks run rampant during the warmer months, as many of us know. They lurk in the long grasses and in the woods among other places. Just as with humans, ticks can spread diseases to your beloved pets just as easily as they can to you. Diseases such as Lyme Disease, anaplasmosis, babesia and many more are all transmitted through ticks. These can be easily avoided with a thorough check and checkups to the vet if your pet starts to show any signs of one of the transmittable diseases.

Fleas

Fleas are another common pest that owners should worry about, as these pesky buggers cause severe itching and inflammation on your pet and can spread to other hosts very easily. Things such as heavy scratching and flea dirt (pepper-like flakes on your dog’s skin) can alert you to the presence of fleas on your pet. Not to worry, fleas are definitely treatable through things such as topical medicine, prescriptions and different shampoos, though one might want to consider consulting the vet first.

Heartworm

The third of the common parasites, and the one that inspires at least a little fear – heartworm. Heartworms are little worms that reside in the many of the organs of your pets and can cause pretty serious organ damage if left untreated. Though the results can be dire, catching heart-worms early is 100% possible so that your pet can walk away unscathed. Some of the signs of heartworm include low energy, a persistent cough, a desire to rest a lot, no appetite and weight loss. If you think your pet might have heartworms, bring them to a vet and, with medication, you can get it sorted out in no time!

Though these parasites might sound scary, with proper prevention and routine checkups your pet will be at a minimal risk of catching them. All of these have preventative medications and things you can do to help look for signs on your pet, so that they have the best chance of avoiding these pesky critters!

Though these parasites might sound scary, with proper prevention and routine checkups your pet will be at a minimal risk of catching them. Checkups don’t have to be at the vet, pet groomers hit all the criteria for a checkup when your dog is groomed. Not only is your pet getting checked for matting and other problems with the fur, but groomers will also be on the lookout for parasites and infection! All of these have preventative medications and things you can do to help look for signs on your pet, so that they have the best chance of avoiding these pesky critters!