Keeping your pet safe from parasites
Although it’s not always clear when our pets have parasites, leaving them untreated can lead to some very serious health consequences. It’s therefore extremely important to regularly check your pet for infestation, whether it’s fleas, ticks, worms, mites or lice.
Providing preventative care is the very best way to keep your animal family safe and here at Best Friends Veterinary Group, we can support you in doing just that.
We’ll suggest products designed to protect your pet before the problem appears. Treatments come in many different forms and works in different ways, so it’s important to choose the right option for your pet.
Tablets, tick collars and spot-ons (a liquid treatment using a pipette) will either repel parasites or kill fleas and ticks on first bite and are an easy way of avoiding the dangers that come with the arrival of parasites.
How to spot a parasite problem
Frequent itching, patchy fur or lumps and bumps on the skin are all signs that a parasite is living on your pet. If you notice a change in your pet’s energy levels, if they lack appetite or appear weak, this can also be a sign that they may have worms or ticks and, in this scenario, it’s important to have them seen by a vet right away. Bring them in to a Best Friends Veterinary Group surgery to have them checked over if you’re at all worried about your animal.
The dangers of parasites
Not only can fleas, ticks and lice cause damage to the skin and discomfort, but an infected parasite could also be carrying disease, which could be fatal to your dog or cat.
Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease can all be contracted from parasites and could be passed on in only 48 hours after a bite. These cause flu-like symptoms, and Lyme disease can be particularly devastating, affecting both muscles and nerve cells and debilitating your pet.
How we can help
If you’d like more information about how to protect your pet from parasites, call our friendly team today for more information on diagnosis and treatment. We’ll offer advice on which spot-ons and sprays to use, tailoring care specifically to suit your pet.
If you have any concerns about your pet, make an appointment with your local branch today.