Dogs and cats share our lives intimately, but there’s one thing we’d all prefer they don’t share – parasites!
Parasites of the dog and cat range from relatively large ones that we can see on the outside, like fleas, to smaller or internal parasites like mites, and worms (roundworm, whipworm, hookworm, tapeworm and heartworm).
All puppies and kittens are born with worms – certain species can and do cross the placenta from mum into the unborn and can cause significant disease in these much smaller individuals - which is why they are treated for parasites more often than adults.
Some of these parasites are zoonotic (i.e. you can ’share’ them with your pets). These include, but are not limited to, fleas, sarcoptic mange mites, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworm, and giardia.
At Keysborough Veterinary Practice we have a variety of parasite treatment and prevention programs, so please call us to discuss a parasite management program today.