Parasite Facts Every Pet Owner Should Know About


As pet owners we want the very best for our favorite companions, so keeping them healthy and happy is always at the forefront of our minds.  Knowing the facts about a few potential health issues for both dogs and cats is the first step in preventing these life threatening illnesses.

Heartworm Facts

  • Heartworm is carried by infected mosquitoes.
  • Heartworm is one of the 5 most common health illnesses in cats and dogs.
  • A heartworm infection can be fatal to a cat.
  • Research shows that a heartworm infection can lead to a lung disease called H.A.R.D. (Heartworm Associated Respiratory Disease).
  • The best option for heartworm in cats is parasite prevention; there are no approved treatments to cure a heartworm infection.

Hookworm Facts

  • A hookworm’s larvae may even be found in sandboxes and can also infect people.
  • Named for the hook-like appendage they use to attach to the intestine wall, hookworms can cause anemia, weakness and bloody diarrhea that can lead to death in cats.
  • Prevent hookworms in pets with the proper protection from your veterinarian.

Roundworm Facts

  • Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite that can cause potentially serious infections in humans.
  • Roundworm eggs can be tracked indoors from dirt on shoes.
  • Mature roundworms live in the small intestines and can cause a variety of symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and abdominal bloating in cats.
  • Ask your veterinarian for the proper protection from roundworms.

Ear Mites

  • Ear mites find their way indoors on dogs and other pets, then live in your cat’s ears feeding off the ear lining.
  • Ear mites produce coffee ground-like substances.
  • Ear mites are very contagious and are extremely uncomfortable for the cat.
  • Infected pets should be kept from contact with other animals.
  • If left untreated, ear mites can cause permanent damage and even possible hearing loss.
  • Ask your veterinarian for the proper protection from roundworms.


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