Conclusion and Further Information
By now you may have realised the little problems that make you shudder have potential to be more serious and problematic than most people think. The thing is, parasites can be prevented, and hopefully this guide has helped you become more acquainted with the risks and how to recognise and prevent them.
What many guides do not note is that parasites are not just an issue for animals. The human risk is real and, though not every single detail can be detailed in a concise guide like this, you will have read enough to know how important it is to be aware and to take precautions where parasites are concerned.
Your vet is the best source of advice for any queries regarding your pet and parasites. They will have the expertise and information you need while also knowing your pet’s individual health history.
The worst thing you can do is nothing at all. No protection is like putting a welcome sign over the entrance to your home for parasites. Always protect your pet using recommended parasite prevention treatments and use them exactly as and when advised by a vet. Your pet’s health – and your family’s health – depends on looking after your pet from these nasty, unwanted pests.
With so many health problems and disease parasites can carry, you’ll need to know what to look out for. Lots of people don’t know just how many types of parasites there are out there and exactly what signs they exhibit. Now you know what to spot so you can work out when is the right time to do something about it.
You also have to look at parasites from your pet’s point of view. Though some parasites go unnoticed and show little or no symptoms, others can be very irritating and uncomfortable things to experience. Your pet will not appreciate having to endure these, so don’t wait around.
Often, reading symptoms of parasites can be misleading. Many symptoms assigned to parasites are also assigned to other medical problems. This means it can be very difficult to work out whether your pet has parasites… or something else completely different!
The best way to think in this situation is by knowing that a pet who doesn’t seem well will need to see a vet regardless. Pet owners just need to know enough to realise when action is required. Vets can do the real delving and investigations. There are various tests and examinations a vet can perform to check for specific parasites and to rule out or discover other medical problems that share the same symptoms.
A common myth about pets and parasites is that indoor animals are safe from getting them. This is false. Outdoor pets may indeed be exposed to parasites a lot more than indoor pets, but indoor pets can still get them from contact with other animals, infested objects or picking them up in their home environment.
Your pet is going to be in good hands now you are more aware of the risks and how to do the most you can do to prevent some potentially nasty parasites.