The idea of your pet being infested with parasites is a disturbing thought, but it's also a medical issue that can have serious consequences if not properly dealt with or prevented. Parasites pose a variety of health issues for our pets, who can be very susceptible to certain parasites depending on age, region, and other factors.
At Newark Veterinary Hospital, we emphasize the importance of preventing parasites. Through preventative measures, you can successfully protect your pet. External parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites can cause skin issues, mainly itching. However, more seriously ticks can transmit diseases such as Lyme disease and fleas can transmit tapeworms and, in great enough numbers, can drink enough blood to cause anemia!
Heartworm disease is a debilitating blood parasite transmitted by mosquitoes. Though rare in this area, treatment is incredibly expensive and painful. The cost of prevention is minimal compared to the cost of treatment, which can be expensive and stressful on your pet. Parasites like heartworm can even be fatal, so preventing parasites is of the utmost importance.