Exposure to parasitic infestation is a health risk for any animal, especially for cats and dogs. Fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites tend to bring disease, infection, and other health hazards. At Caring Pet Hospital, our Hayward veterinarians recognize that preventing an infection is much easier and even more cost effective than having to provide treatment after an infection has occurred. As a pet owner, here is what you need to know about parasites and how to prevent them.
A parasite is a living organism that feeds off the nutrients of other animals. Parasites often like to suck the blood of host animals. Parasite types include fleas, ticks, mites, heartworms, and tapeworms. Fleas are some of the most common; these wingless insects jump from host to host and lay eggs at landing sites.
While most cases of parasitic infection are fairly harmless, parasites can lead to urgent care for a pet. At the very least, these creatures cause skin agitation for a pet. However, they are capable of spreading disease and infection. Parasitic symptoms come in the form of:
If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms, veterinarians recommend that you check him or her into a vet clinic. Your pet may be in serious need of emergency pet care.
Parasites have been known to cause these diseases or infections:
Pet owners can lower the risk of parasite infestation through the following methods:
If your cat or dog has developed a parasite problem, the Caring Pet Hospital can help. Our other veterinary care services include wellness, dental care, diagnostic care, internal medicine, pain management, surgery, and emergency pet care. Keep your animal in top health by calling us at 510-537-1788 to schedule an appointment with our veterinarians in Hayward. We can take care of your pet in a safe and efficient manner.
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