Parasites can be a nuisance for pets and their owners any time of year, but they are especially problematic in the summer months. When you consider that parasites breed more often in warm weather and pets spend more time outdoors, this is easy to understand. Even your indoor pet is not immune from fleas, ticks, and various types of intestinal worms. Because of their microscopic size, these parasites can get into your home on someone's clothing or even through a screen door.
Fleas and Ticks
Fleas burrow into carpet and furniture and can survive for a long time without a living host. Since your dog or cat isn't immune to flea infestation during the cold weather months, it's important to provide him with year-round protection.
Ticks can be deadly when they carry Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They are often hard to spot because they are attracted to warm-blooded areas, such as the folds of your pet's ears. During the summer, be sure to check your pet from head to toe anytime she spends time in a wooded area or in thick grass.
Heartworms, hookworms, and ringworms are the most prevalent types of intestinal worms to affect dogs and cats. Symptoms of infestation may include lethargy, poor appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing. Untreated cases of heartworm can kill a dog or cat when they become lodged in the lungs and prevent normal breathing. They are also capable blocking regular blood flow to the heart.
The best way to prevent these parasites from infecting your pet is to administer monthly medication. It's easy to order heartworm pills, flea and tick powders, and several other types of medication directly from our online store.
Parasites Affecting Horses
The same parasites that threaten the health of dogs and cats are also a risk for horses. Because of their large size, horses attract additional parasites such as pinworms, tapeworms, and stomach bots. It's typically more of a challenge to keep horses free of parasites than smaller animals. At Grantsburg Animal Hospital, we publish a vaccination and de-worming schedule for horses every spring. Our equine specialists are happy to work with you to develop a parasite prevention plan for the summer.