Parasites live inside your pet or attach to their outer body to survive. Not only can parasites make your pet very sick or uncomfortable, but they can also cause death.
Take immediate action if you determine your pet has any of the following parasites:
Worms. Heartworm usually lives in an animal’s heart chambers, lungs, and blood vessels, causing death by preventing normal blood flow. Other worms — hookworm, whipworm, and ringworm — can also cause significant damage. Symptoms include:
Fleas and ticks. Common signs of fleas include bald spots of fur, itching, biting the skin and skin irritation. Ticks are found on the face, legs, ears and belly, and can cause serious illnesses such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease. Signs of ticks include:
Call the veterinarians at Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital, 925-736-7440, to learn if your pet has parasites and start the appropriate parasite control program.