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Do you know what Parasites might affect your Pet?

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.

Pet Parasite Action

Which parasites are often overlooked?

Lungworm
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.

Ticks
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.

Roundworm (Toxocara)
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.

Jenni Falconer

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!


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This article has 69 comments

  1. robin rue

    My friend’s dog was REALLY sick there for a while because of a parasite. It took a long time for her to get well.

  2. Christy Maurer

    Parasites are such a scary thing for pets. I know that heartworms can kill your dog and they are spread so easily.

  3. Natasha Kendall

    This was really informative! I’d have never known, but I don’t own any pets:( boo. Your puggle(?) is super cute! x

  4. Marcie W.

    I had no idea there were so many different types of pet parasites. This information makes me extra thankful that we schedule routine vaccinations, tests and checkups for our dog.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      It is crazy isn’t it. Thankfully it is so good that vets can help!

      • The Allotmenteer

        In a previous life I used to be a pet carer, so a couple of tips…. Invest a couple of pounds in a Tic Lifter a special do-hickey for getting rid of tics yourself. If your beloved pets get fleas, then, like it or not, your house has them. There was a study done not so long ago as to what type of product works best for treating your house….. Aerosol spray, powder or pump action spray, ranging in price from around £2-£5 and the cheapest came out on top which was the Aerosol.

        • Sarah-Louise Bailey

          Thank you – I know someone who has a pet with fleas at the moment, I will pass this onto them as the first round of treatment they tried didn’t work!

  5. Gareth Torrance

    We’ve been thinking about getting a puppy once my daughter’s a little bit older, so this will definitely come in handy!

  6. Ashleigh

    Lungworm terrifies me. My puppy recently got hold of a snail which are known to carry the lungworm. Thankfully she is ok though x

  7. lisa

    We have 4 dogs and we make sure they get all they need. They see the vet regularly and they are vaccinated for everything they need to be.

  8. Amber Myers

    Oh no, I didn’t know some of this. We have two cats, but they are indoor cats, so hopefully they won’t get these. But we check them over and bring them to the vet once a year just in case!

  9. Vicky

    Thankfully my pets over the years have never had issues with parasites except for the odd tick here or there but it is scary how many different kinds there are out there.

    V ❤️

  10. hannah

    I’d like to have a dog, so it’s great to read about different conditions that may affect them

  11. melissa major

    Oh wow I didn’t know that they were that many pet parasites! Its important to raise awareness

  12. Margaret GALLAGHER

    I didn’t realise there were so many!!
    A little insight always goes a long way
    Thanks for the information

  13. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    It’s so important to know what parasites affect one’s pet. We dont have any pets at the moment, but I will share this with a friend who has two dogs.

  14. Jenny

    Growing up, I think we’ve only dealt with fleas and worms, but thankfully they’re easy to get rid of with the right medication.

  15. Amanda Love

    I think these are great tips. There are plenty of parasites out there but with the right care, our pets will definitely be safe. The usual deworming can keep them worm free and the ticks and fleas are a different level of care but not difficult at all.

  16. Pam

    Once, one of our cats got outside for a night and came back with roundworm. It was a pain to get rid of, even with medicines.

  17. Maurene Cab

    I’m not too familiar with parasites and what they do. This is really helpful. I don’t like that lungworm.

  18. Jenn

    Having three pets int he house, this idea scares me. We once had a horrible experience with worms. Thank goodness nothing like that has happened again.

  19. Ali Fanstone

    interesting read

  20. Louisa

    Wow! This is so enlightening! I grew up with pets and would have hated for my pet to get any of these potentially fatal diseases.

  21. sharon catterall

    great post,good information,thank you

  22. My Teen Guide

    We regularly have our dog checked by the vet. We recently had his flea collar replaced. It is scary when dogs (or cats) get sick because they can’t tell you what hurts or what they are feeling. I only know my dog is not feeling well when he whimpers very lightly. Thanks for this article.

  23. Rhian Westbury

    There’s so much to think about when you have a pet, especially as unlike a person they can’t tell you if they feel bad x

  24. MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    It’s quite scary to think that they might have bugs or worms on or in them. We treat out bunnies with a spray to help prevent fly strike.

  25. Kiwi

    I never had a pet but I have heard horrible things of pets and parasites. Sounds completely awful!

  26. Jen

    So very important to take responsibilty for your pets. Knowing what they need and when. We have cats, and it costs me a decent chunk of money per month to keep them up to date with various drops and pills, but I wouldn’t falter on them because I know just how important these things are.

  27. Yuen Mi | A Travel Diary

    I routinely schedule vaccination with my vet who sends me `report cards`of my dog`s health and status. But reading this still makes me worried. I didn’t know there were so many different types of parasites.

  28. Stephanie Merry

    What an informative post, Parasites are such a scary thing for pets x

  29. Hayley Warren

    This is so scary! I didn’t realise how many other parasites were harmful to our pets.

  30. Amanda

    I keep reading so many articles about how ticks are going crazy this season. I have to remember to not only check my kids for ticks, but also my sweet pup!

  31. Rachel Craig

    Thanks for the information. It seems to me that there is a need for up to date information being widely available to the public.

    Some Pet Stores e.g. Pets at Home run sessions for children in regards to Pet Care. This seems very appropriate. Though what about Adults? Maybe Vets should be offering information sessions, courses etc. As Pet Care is an important issue. Sessions on how to source a healthy pet etc. As we do see in the media that Puppy Farms etc still exist.

    Also what about Pet Training, House Training, Dog Obedience Classes etc. Seems that making these available, and possibly compulsory may reduce the episodes of dog bite incidents etc.

    Pets deserve to be Cared for in a variety of Aspects. Maybe RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), Dogs Trust, etc could be involved in improving knowledge and skills of Potential Pet Owners via Information sessions, courses, classes, socialisation opportunities, involving Vets in update sessions, etc, etc. We need to support people in becoming Responsible Pet Owners in order to aim to have Happy, Healthy, Sociable Pets living within our Communities.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      I love that Pets at Home do those session it is such a great idea and you are so right, every pet deserves to be treated as well as they can be.

  32. Zwitsal

    Pets need to be cared at all times. They should take a bath every week to avoid these parasites!

  33. Donna

    I don’t have pets anymore but I have done all my life prior tot his and know everything there is to know about parasites! SO IMPORTANT! Great post x

  34. Ana De- Jesus

    I had no idea that there were so many parasites that could affect pets, roundworm sounds awful, especially if young kids can get it as well x

  35. Terrie-Ann Wright

    We used to live in Germany and there are lots of ticks over here. Luckily my pooch only picked one up. But local to me now in Wiltshire 2 dogs have been bitten by Adders you just don’t know whats you can run into that will harm your dog.

  36. Emily Leary

    Eep! It can be so hard with pets when they can’t easily tell or show you what’s wrong, it’s good to stay alert!

  37. Rebecca

    I knew about ticks but I didn’t know they could be fatal. So scary!

  38. Janet Yarwood

    I feel all itchy after reading this and I don’t even have a pet. Seriously though it’s so important to keep on top of these things especially as pets can’t tell you how they’re feeling. When we had a dog he had regular health checks at the vets

  39. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Wow, how scary! I had no idea about some of these parasites! Thanks for the information 🙂

  40. Angela Milnes

    This is so scary and this is harmful to the pets and I didn’t know the different types of parasites.

  41. nicol

    oh wow, i never knew these would affect pets too. an informative post! always learn something new

  42. Crystal

    Ticks are apparently really bad this year. I’ve never heard of lungworm before, though. This is great information to know to keep our pets safe, there’s so much they can get into.

  43. Fits Slow Cooker Queen

    I’ve hear of ticks and fleas but not all the others. The more you know.

  44. Becca Talbot

    I’ve never really considered the bugs and parasites my 3 cats could pick up – before I moved back to my parents’, they were house cats, so didn’t really have any danger of contracting anything or picking up any parasites. But now they’re going outside in the garden, I should probably be a bit more aware of the common threats x

  45. Kim Styles

    Ticks are really bad this year they look like little tiny crabs when they first go on the dog its only when they suck the blood that they grow big so its hard to see them initially. we always have a thorough comb through Lizzies fur when we return from walks and even check in the ears and between the toes.

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