Internal and external parasites are a very real threat for both pets and their two-legged family. It’s not uncommon for cats and dogs to become infected by parasites at some point in their life. The effects of these parasites on your pets can vary greatly in severity – from a simple irritation, through to a life-threatening condition if left untreated.

External parasites include blood-sucking fleas, ticks and mites that live on the pet’s skin or in their ears. Internal parasites number intestinal worms of different varieties: roundworm, tapeworm, hookworm and whipworm. Heartworms are another internal parasite. These live in the bloodstream, heart and lungs of infected pets, and can cause serious debilitation or death.

Parasites that can affect pets:

  • Coccidia
  • Giardia
  • Mange Mites
  • Ticks
  • Ear Mites
  • Heartworms
  • Roundworms
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Fleas
  • Hookworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Whipworms

Treatment and risk management

Year-round parasite prevention is important as different types can strike during different seasons. Zoonotic parasites can be transmitted to humans directly or through environmental exposure. To protect both your pets and your family it’s important to practice good personal hygiene, clean up your pet’s faeces regularly, and perform annual testing. A year-round parasite control program for your pets is essential, so speak to our vet team about putting yours in place, today.