Parasites are defined as organisms that live on another mammal as a ‘host’, and feed off them as a source of nutrition.
There are several different types of parasites that can affect your pet, and once your pet is infected you and your family may be at risk too. Some parasites can cause significant disease in both humans and animals, which is why it is so important to ensure that your pet receives proper protection. There are endoparasites, which live inside the host’s body – such as roundworms, tapeworms and lungworms – and ectoparasites, which live outside the body – such as fleas, ticks and mites.
Roundworms Toxocara and Toxascaris are particularly harmful to human health, and may occasionally cause blindness or possibly epilepsy in people. In addition the tapeworm Echinococcus ssp, which is very common in Wales and Europe, can cause severe disease and even death.
For your pet, mange or fleas cause significant distress. Additionally, ticks or sandflies are carriers of serious disease and are particularly prevalent if you take your pet abroad. As with many illnesses, the effects can be more pronounced in very young or very old animals.
For cats and dogs, we recommend Advocate or Nexguard Spectra monthly. However, it is important that you discuss your pet’s individual requirements with your vet, as each animal’s lifestyle and habits may affect the parasites they are likely to encounter.
The reasons for our recommendation are as follows:
- Advocate or Nexguard Spectra provide a broad range of parasite control, treating fleas, mange, ear mites, lice, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and heartworm.
Please contact us on 0208 300 8111 for more information about the most suitable parasite protection for your pet, or discuss this with your vet at their annual health check.