Owning a pet is a huge learning experience, you have to learn about all their needs, from the right amount of food and exercise they need to keep them healthy to the games they like to play, that place right behind the ear they need to be scratched and of course what parasites you need to help protect them against.
It might be easy to think; well my dog hasn't got fleas so we are all good. However, the truth is there are so many more parasites out there, which can not only affect your pet but your family as well. After all, we all like getting up close and personal with our pets, be it the occasional hug, a snuggle on the sofa, or even allowing your dog on the bed. If they have a parasite problem, those parasites are getting up close and personal with you and your family as well.
Which parasites are often overlooked?
This nasty little critter can be deadly to your pet, however, surprisingly is completely harmless to humans. It is worth noting that lungworm is actually a growing threat, the number of cases across the country is spreading, including in areas that were previously thought to be lungworm free.
Many people have heard of ticks, but did you know they can be fatal to your pet, as well as being a carrier of Lyme disease, a very nasty illness in humans. Meaning these parasites are both a risk to your pet and you and sadly the tick population is also growing, thanks to the warmer weather and growing deer population.
This is perhaps the most concerning of the overlooked parasites, as it is the least known about. Roundworm hosts a large threat to humans, especially younger people when their eggs are accidentally ingested, as it can potentially cause blindness or neurological disease.
However, it is easy to reduce the likelihood of your pet picking up any of these parasites, by treating them regularly. You will find your vet will be able to tell you about the best options (which now include chews) and dosage for your pet and, with your pet protected as well as it can be, you can get back to your laughing and snuggling times.
The most important thing to remember is that your pet is always worth it. After all, the unfaltering love, hugs on tap and not talking back can only be offered by your perfect pet.
If you are after more information on keeping your pets as healthy as possible against pet parasites, then TV presenter Jenni Falconer will be taking part in a radio day to help raise awareness on June 13th. Mean while the Pet Parasite Action website is open to help you find out information at any time of the day (or night).
So go out there, hug your pet and have a parasite free day!
*This is a collaborative post.
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