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Young or old, at some point in their lives, many pets experience discomfort caused by external parasites such as fleas, ticks, or mites on their skin or in their ears. Extremely irritating to pets, these pests can cause serious skin problems or even carry disease. Your veterinarian is your best source for advice regarding products and protocols for the prevention, control, and treatment of external parasites.
For external parasites, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) suggests the following:
It is important to remember that young puppies or kittens are especially sensitive to over-the-counter treatments; they should never be used on animals that are young or in poor health.
An important note on breed sensitivity to heartworm treatment products containing Ivermectin: Some dog breeds have been found to react to treatments containing Ivermectin, especially Collie and Shepherd breeds. View a complete list of breeds here. Sometimes these reactions can be quite serious or even fatal. Veterinarians at Washington State University have developed a test to determine whether your pet may be sensitive to these drugs. Read about this test or, if you are concerned, please speak to your veterinarian.
Healthy pets may not show outward signs of internal parasites, such as worms or Giardia, but changes in your pet’s appetite or coat, diarrhea, or excessive coughing can be strong indicators. In most cases, a simple fecal test can detect the presence of parasites and your veterinarian can recommend an appropriate program for treatment.
For internal parasites, the AVMA suggests the following:
Never hesitate to call us regarding an infestation or concern over your pet’s well being. Your quick response may prevent this unsavory and unhealthy concern from becoming a serious health condition.
For additional information on parasite prevention or many other pet health issues, browse the AVMA website.
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