A huge aspect of your pet’s health is the control of external parasites. External parasites can cause a number of health problems for your pet, and in some cases external parasites can be fatal. At Bay Road Animal Hospital serving Sarasota, FL, we know just how important your pet’s health is to you. That is why we strive to provide the best care and education to you as the pet owner. Keep reading to find out what you need to know about external parasites.
What Are External Parasites?
External parasites are parasites which seek to live on your pets' skin, in their ears, or in their fur. These parasites include fleas, ticks, and mites. These parasites can be very irritating to your pet causing itching and burning of the skin as well as matting of the fur. Beyond basic irritation, these parasites can also cause serious health problems.
Parasites often carry dangerous illnesses which can be transmitted to your pets as well as to your family. These illnesses can range from mild to severe.
In addition to illnesses, the irritation caused by parasites can lead your pets to excessive scratching which can then cause skin inflammation and infection. When left untreated, parasites can threaten your pets' overall health and even their lives.
Common External Parasites
The most common external parasites are fleas, ticks, and mites.
Fleas are small insects which feed on the blood of animals. Fleas are especially dangerous because they multiply quickly and are very difficult to get rid of. Fleas also carry diseases which are harmful to both animals and people.
Ticks are bugs which will attach themselves to an animal's skin and feed on their host's blood. Ticks carry very dangerous diseases, such as lime disease, which affects humans as well as animals. Ticks can be both painful and dangerous.
Mites are very small parasites which will infest an animal's ears given the opportunity. These parasites cause extreme irritation to the ear canal.
The best way to treat your pets' external parasites is to seek veterinarian care quickly. Your vet can advise you on the best treatment option for your pets. If your pets do not currently suffer from external parasites, it is very important that you begin preventive measures. Your vet can recommend the best external parasite control for your pets. There are many different types and options available.
If you would like to learn more about parasite control and your pet’s health please contact our office at Bay Road Animal Hospital serving Sarasota, FL. Our number is (941) 366-2275.