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Parasites cause pets a great deal of discomfort, while negatively impacting their health and longevity. South Wilton Veterinary Group takes an aggressive two-point approach to parasites infestations in companion animals: first, eliminate existing parasites completely; and second, adhere to a consistent parasite preventive plan.
Unfortunately, these pests are highly contagious and easily spread to all the members of your family as well as the pet's environment—your home! Treatment may include medication for your pets and family members, as well as an elaborate system of elimination in your home, often by a professional exterminator. The best defense against external parasites is a diligent approach to prevention.
Your South Wilton veterinary professionals do not recommend over-the-counter or Internet-sourced treatments to address external parasites. Some of these treatments are ineffective counterfeits while others may be quite toxic. At the first sign of external parasites in your animal companion, contact our clinic for guidance.
Many young pets are infected with internal parasites. The most common of these include heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Infection can cause internal damage and eventually lead to the death of your pet, so these parasites must be eliminated early in their life cycle.
Any pet that is exhibiting the following behaviors may have worms: scratching or rubbing his or her bottom; vomiting or diarrhea; blood in the stool; shortness of breath; refusal to eat; or general lethargy. Never attempt to treat intestinal parasites with over-the-counter products. Identifying the exact type of parasite and treating only as much as needed is the work of professionals. Call your South Wilton veterinarian at the first indication that your pet is ill to prevent further damage to the animal's health.
Some of these worms are highly contagious and easily transmitted to humans. The risk for infection is higher in children, where they can do serious damage to the victim's health. Called zoonotic diseases, they can be serious and debilitating, but this risk is successfully addressed through a diligent approach to proper pet wellness care and parasite prevention.
TheCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information about the health-related risks of owning and caring for animals at their Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
Read the article External and Internal Parasites from the professionals at HealthyPet.com.
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