Our four legged loved ones mean the world to us and pet owners know the risks our pets face.
So what parasites should we take precaution?
View the list of facts for each potential threat to your pet AFTER THE JUMP!
Heartworms are carried by infected mosquitoes and they can be lethal to cats. The buggers are in the top five illnesses for both dogs and cats as well.
While there is no cure, parasite prevention is the best way to protect your pet.
Hookworms get their name from the tiny appendage they use to attach themselves to the intestinal wall.
Veterinarians can help protect your pet from hookworms but be wary; hookworms can live in sandboxes so people can get infected by them too.
These parasites are especially dangerous to humans as well as pets.
They live in the small intestines and roundworms can be tracked into the house by dirt on shoes.
Vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, and weight loss are signs of roundworms in cats, so visiting a vet is key
Ear mites feed on the lining of the ear and found most on dogs, and then they hop to cats.
Left untreated, these pesky bugs can cause severe damage and maybe even hearing loss to your pet.
Infected pets should be kept away from other animals as they are very contagious. Look for coffee ground like substances as warning signs.
Keeping yourself informed about pet parasites can kept your pet healthy and safe!
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