Now that the weather is warming up, the rate of infection by parasites will rise. Parasites can affect our furry family members AND can transfer to ourselves and children as well. They are largely responsible for diseases that we call Zoonotic diseases. A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be spread from an animal to a human. Common examples of this are: Cat Scratch Fever, Toxoplasmosis, The Plague, Lyme Disease, Encephalitis and much more.
Here are a couple of Interesting Facts about Diseases Caused by Parasites:
- Did you know that the Bubonic Plague was caused by fleas and there are still periodic cases today?
- Once a female flea has eaten, she can lay 20 eggs at one time for a total of 500 eggs in her life cycle.
- The Deer Tick, the same tick that spreads lyme disease, can also spread a deadly virus called Powassan virus. Reported cases have increased by 671% over the last 18 years.
- Hookworms, which dogs and cats can carry in their intestines, can penetrate your skin and create a disease called Cutaneous Larval Migrans
- Hookworms and other intestinal parasites are not visible by the naked eye unless the adult worms are shed.
Intestinal Parasites can be prevented with annual fecal checks and in most heartworm or flea/tick monthly preventatives.
Flea/Tick Preventatives that Bristol County Veterinary Hospital Carries and Recommends are the following:
- The Seresto Collar – A 8 month collar that repels fleas and ticks
- Vectra 3D – A topical monthly application that kills and repels fleas, ticks, and all biting insects
- Revolution Plus – A topical monthly preventative that repels and kills fleas, ticks, intestinal parasites, skin parasites, ear mites and heartworms.
- NexGard – An oral flea/tick prevention that also helps prevent skin parasites such as mites.
With scary statistics like this, the importance of using flea and tick prevention and running annual intestinal parasite tests are not only in the best interest of our furry loved ones but the interest of our human families as well. For that reason, we are highlighting this education topic this month and are once again offering a raffle to enter at the clinic. There will be one canine winner and one feline winner for a basket with a free Seresto collar and other goodies. So stop by, read some brochures and enter the raffle.
If you are due for that yearly intestinal parasite test as well, we will also be offering 25% off a new extensive fecal diagnostic panel offered by IDEXX that catches harder to detect intestinal parasites (fecal diagnostic profile, normally $45.00, now $33.75).
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