Parasite Prevention & Protection
Common parasites found in your pets can include: fleas, heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and mites.
Fleas: These parasites can be brought into your house by other animals or humans and can cause itching, scratching, chewing and in some cases can cause loss of fur from excessive licking. They can cause your pet to become infected with tapeworms or bacterial infections. Once your house is infested it can be very hard to rid it of these pests as one female can lay up to 40-50 eggs per day.
Heartworm: These worms can infect the heart and lungs of your cat or dog. They are transmitted by mosquitoes from infected animals to healthy pets. Coughing, lethargy and difficulty breathing can be some of the signs of this disease. If left untreated can be fatal and as of yet there is no known approved treatment for cats. Monthly preventative is the best course of action to help prevent infection.
Roundworms: Live in the intestinal tract of your cat or dog and cause vomiting, diarrhea, dull hair coat, pot bellied appreance, weight loss. Roundworms can be transmitted to puppies through thier mother's placenta or milk. Your pet can also acquire this parasite by eating mice or other small animals infected with young worms.
Humans can become infected with this parasite by coming in contact with contaminated soil or feces.
Hookworms: Hookworms like roundworms live in the intestines of your cat or dog and can cause anemia and weight loss. Symptoms to look for can include poor appetite, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, weakness and pale gums. Your animals can become infected by ingesting infested soil or eating rodents infected with larvae.
Humans can become infected with this parasite by accidentally ingesting contaminated soil or walking on/in comtaminated soil.
Parasite preventative medication (commonly referred to as heartworm preventative) is a once a month pill that protects your dog against heartworm and intestinal parasites. Your dog can pick up intestinal parasites from other animals or from the ground.
In the past, heartworm medication has only been recommended during the warmer months – May through November – when mosquitoes are present. However intestinal parasites can be transmitted year round. Because certain intestinal parasites, including roundworms and hookworms, can be transmitted from your pet to you, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) are advising year-round parasite preventative. In following these guidelines, Cloquet Animal Hospital advises that all dogs receive a once a month parasite preventative throughout the year, including the winter months.