Parasites, and the diseases they carry, can all be prevented with proper medication and maintenance. Parasites like fleas, ticks, and heartworm are not only a source of irritation to your pet, but they can also harbor disease and adversely affect your pet’s health.
Types of Parasites
Fleas are small, jumping insects that live off of the blood of animals. They can carry dangerous diseases and will often cause allergic dermatitis ”severe itching” in pets.
Ticks are external parasites that live off of the bodily fluids of animals. They can carry diseases from one animal to another and are the main cause of the spread of diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis/anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Heartworm is a parasite that can live in the heart of dogs and cats. Mosquitoes carry the worm from one infected animal to another. Several hundred worms can live in the heart of a dog and infection from the parasite causes significant damage and can be fatal.
Parasite prevention in Mesa, AZ
Prevention is always the best treatment! We carry many different types of flea, tick and heartworm preventive and your Bark Avenue Animal Hospital veterinarian can help you choose which one is right for your pet. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 480-210-5610 or contact us online.