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Parasites THAT THREATEN YOUR PETS

ParasitesTHAT THREATEn YOUR PETS

  1. Ticks

    HOW YOUR PET PICKS 'EM UP

    Ticks sense heat and carbon dioxide as animals walk by. They latch onto your pet, embed their mouth parts into his skin and start to feed.

    WHY ARE THEY BAD?

    While feeding on your pet's skin, ticks spit out bacteria that cause Lyme Disease, which can lead to arthritis and kidney failure.

    WHAT TO DO

    If you find a tick, use gloves and tweezers to carefully remove it. (You want to get the whole tick.) Talk to your vet about Lyme Disease medication.

  2. FLEAS

    HOW YOUR PET PICKS 'EM UP

    Fleas are commonly picked up from a flea-infested environment such as wood piles, wet grass or carpeting. They usually live on your pet for their entire life cycle.

    WHY ARE THEY BAD?

    Flea eggs fall off your pet - onto your bed, couch and carpet - where they hatch and multiply rapidly. If your pet ingests the fleas, she could get tapeworms.

    WHAT TO DO

    The best thing to do is make sure your pet is protected with flea medication from the spring to fall.

  3. HEARTWORM

    HOW YOUR PET GETS IT

    Heartworm is spread through bites from infected mosquitos. Six to seven months after being bitten, the parasite reaches your pet's heart where it matures into long, thin worms.

    WHY ARE THEY BAD?

    Heartworm can cause heart or lung problems, which can be fatal.

    WHAT TO DO

    Great news! Heartworm is 100% preventable through medication. Talk to your vet about the right treatment for your pet.

    ROUNDWORM

    HOW YOUR PET GETS IT

    Roundworm is 5" long worms that live in the intestines. Puppies and kittens can get roundworm from their mothers at birth, or by eating animal stool with roundworm eggs.

    WHY ARE THEY BAD?

    Roundworms take nutrients from your pet, and can grow large enough to block her intestine. Your pet may lose weight, vomit and have diarrhea. Plus family members can get roundworm too.

    WHAT TO DO

    Get your pet's stool tested regularly, especially in the first year. Talk to your vet about medication.

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