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Parasites are unwanted, disease spreading creatures that steal their food and energy from a host animal to survive. They are uncomfortable, unpleasant, and even dangerous.
Sadly, parasites are one of the most common problems that affect pets. But this does not have to be the case, because they are easily preventable and in most cases, easily treatable.
Some of the most important steps you can take to prevent an infestation of unwanted invaders from taking hold on your pet include the following:
Preventing your pets from parasites is not only important for their health and comfort, but it is also key to protecting you and your family. Some parasites, such as roundworms, are zoonotic and can affect people. Other external parasites such as fleas and ticks can also cause disease and leave itchy or painful bites on humans. Pets are apart of the family, but if parasites are not treated proactively, their presence on your pets can put the rest of the family at risk too.
To protect yourself, children, and other loved ones from parasites, follow the above steps to avoid them, and make sure that your pet’s feces is not near any areas where children might play, and ensure that children wash their hands after playing with the family pets.
The most common parasites we see inflicting our patients include,
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