Protect Your Pets from Parasites in Cupertino, CA
Preventing parasites in your pets is important for their health—and yours. There are a number of parasites that infect dogs and cats internally and externally that can infect you as well. Common external parasites include fleas, ticks, and mites. The most common internal parasites are heartworms and intestinal parasites such as Giardia and worms (e.g., roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms.)
Parasites are animals that use your pet (or you!) for shelter and food while causing harm. You’ve probably heard of many of them; ear mites, fleas, and heartworms are all parasites. However, these animals don’t just hurt your pets by feeding off of them. In fact, the worst consequences result from the diseases they can pass along.
These are just some of the parasites that can harm your pets:
- Ear Mites
- Scaly Face Mites
- Feather Mites
- Air Sac Mites
- Bot Flies
The only way to safely fight parasites that have infested your pet is to meet with your trusted veterinarian for a full analysis and treatment plan. Sometimes, this just involves some medicine and cleaning your pet’s habitat. Other times, it requires full-house sanitation and exhaustive monitoring of your pet.
What You Can Do to Fight Parasites
Treating your pet’s parasitic infestation is not easy. Eliminating fleas alone can involve giving your animal daily baths, administering monthly preventative medication, changing your linens weekly, and vacuuming your entire house daily. This, however, assumes that fleas have not transmitted different parasites or diseases to your pets. Should this happen, you will also need another full treatment plan for each factor.
It is safer and much less expensive to prevent disease rather than to treat it. We recommend that all dogs and cats in Cupertino be on heartworm, flea, and tick preventives. Ensuring that their environment is clean and they eat a healthy, appropriate diet is also important to maintaining their overall health and immune system.
The Signs of Parasite Infestation
The signs of parasitic infestation can differ slightly between species of animal, but many are the same:
- Excessive scratching, itching, or licking of skin and fur
- Red bumps on the skin
- Bloating of the abdomen
- A sudden change in eating/drinking habits
- Abnormal amounts of vocalization, including mewing, whimpering, and chirping
- Sudden weight loss
- Bloody stool
- Worms visible in stool or segments of worms seen near the anus
- “Scooting” after using the bathroom
If your pet is exhibiting these symptoms or any other unusual behaviors, it’s imperative that you schedule an appointment as soon as possible to ensure the quickest and most effective treatment.
Schedule a consultation with our veterinarians today.