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Parasites: keep your pets safe

Parasites 2018

Warmer weather means more outdoor fun for your pet, but it also means more hazards to watch out for, including parasites like ticks and fleas that have the potential to cause dangerous infections, illnesses, and even life-threatening diseases.

Parasites can affect your pet in different ways, but if you notice any signs or symptoms, be sure to take your dog or cat to the veterinarian right away.

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. Ticks can spit out bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, which can lead to arthritis and kidney failure. If you find a tick, use gloves and tweezers to carefully remove it. Talk to your vet about Lyme Disease medication.

This disease is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes. It can cause fatal heart or lung problems. Thankfully, it’s 100% preventable through medication! Talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate heartworm treatment for your pet.

Fleas are commonly picked up from a flea-infested environment, like wood piles, wet grass or carpeting. You can make sure your pet is protected with flea medication from spring to fall.

Puppies and kittens are at risk for these worms that live in the intestines. Roundworms take nutrients from your pet and can grow large enough to block their intestines. Get your pet’s stool tested regularly, especially in their first year. Talk to your veterinarian about medication.

Thankfully, Petsecure is here to help. Whatever Petsecure plan you choose, you’ll be reimbursed up to 80% of the cost of care and veterinary services – whether your pet is visiting the vet for a parasite infection, another illness, an accident, or even dental issues. That includes exam fees, taxes, prescriptions, hospitalization and much more.

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