Keep Pets ‘Pawsitive’ and Itch-Free
Five ways to protect your furry friend from pestsBy Family Features
Many of us love to let our four-legged companions outside to walk or play, but pets often like to explore their surroundings, which can expose them to potentially harmful parasites and conditions. But have no fear: Here are some tips to help prevent parasites and keep your furry friend pest-free.
1 Preventative medications It’s advised for dogs and cats to be on a year-round parasite control program to treat infections such as heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks and more. These medications range from topical to injectable and oral.
2 Groom regularly To increase the likelihood of catching fleas and ticks, periodically groom your pet or have them professionally groomed for you.
3 Yearly vet visit Your veterinarian can take note of changes in your pet’s health and alter their parasite control program as necessary. Your vet can also tell you which parasites to watch for based on your location, how these parasites can be transmitted, and which preventative products are most appropriate.
4 Warning signs of parasites Common signs of infection include diarrhea, vomiting or loss of appetite. Coughing or difficulty breathing may also accompany heartworms. However, keep in mind some pets infected with parasites don’t show any signs of illness. Always consult your vet if you’re concerned or notice a change in your pet’s behavior.
5 Clean up after them Most intestinal parasites spread through contact with feces, so it’s crucial to dispose of any waste in your yard or pet’s litter box within 24 hours to avoid exposure and reduce the risk of environmental parasite contamination.
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