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|Parasites, Your Pet, and YOU |
Your Pet is at Risk
When you think of parasites, you probably picture fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. But external parasites are not the only ones you need to be concerned about. Your pet is at risk for acquiring nasty intestinal parasites, such as hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, heartworm, and Giardia.
These internal parasites can be more than just a nuisance. They can cause serious health problems such as:
· Allergic reactions
· Blood loss and anemia
· Damage to internal organs
· Nutrient loss
· Release of toxins into the body
Parasites Are Bad for Everybody
Some internal parasites can be transmitted from pets to humans. These parasites can cause problems in humans ranging from minor to life threatening. These include:
· Digestive problems
· Liver and lung disease
· Partial or total blindness
· Skin lesions
Children Are at Greater Risk Than Adults
Let’s face it. Kids touch and ingest a lot of things they should not — dirt, grass, sand — and they also love to play with pets. These factor combine to increase a childs risk of becoming infected with parasites.
Do Not Let Parasites Pose a Threat to Your Family
Intestinal parasites can be transmitted year round. Unfortunately, it is easy for pets to become infected with these parasites, which can often go undetected. Frequent fecal testing is crucial for effective detection and treatment of intestinal parasites.
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