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Why are parasites dangerous for dogs and cats?

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Posters in veterinary clinics assure that parasites are dangerous and the pet needs to be treated regularly from them. But owners can take these calls as general phrases and do not delve into the essence. They are not aware of the danger of infection with parasites specifically for their pet.

Let’s see why fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and helminths are still dangerous for dogs and cats. What can happen to a pet from a close acquaintance with them? What diseases are dangerous for cats, and which ones for dogs?

Parasites of dogs and cats
Mites
Why are cats dangerous?

A tick that has bitten a cat can be a carrier of viral encephalitis, piroplasmosis (babesiosis), hemobartonellosis, theileriosis. All of these diseases are extremely dangerous for cats. Without quality, timely treatment, the cat may die.

Why are they dangerous for dogs?

For dogs, a tick bite can result in diseases such as babesiosis, bartonellosis, borreliosis, ehrlichiosis, hepatozoonosis.

There are ticks that carry the plague, tularemia, brucellosis, Q fever, listeriosis, and other diseases.

The symptoms of these diseases are very rapid, and without surgical treatment, the dog may die.

Fleas
Why are cats dangerous?

Fleas can lead to the following problems:

Tapeworms

Hemobartonellosis – feline infectious anemia that inhibits red blood cells

Plague stick

Flea typhus

Tularemia.

Why are they dangerous for dogs?

For a dog, flea infestation is a risk of the following diseases:

Tape helminths

Plague of carnivores

Brucellosis

Leptospirosis.

Common for dogs and cats

Flea dermatitis is a serious skin condition that fleas can cause in dogs and cats. In advanced cases, animals can almost completely lose their hair, and their inflamed skin becomes a gateway for infections.

Mosquitoes
Why are cats dangerous?

Allergic reactions to bites

Dirofilariasis

Ankylostomiasis.

Why are they dangerous for dogs?

Dirofilariasis

Allergic reactions to bites.

Helminths
The danger to dogs and cats is the same. These parasites lead to the failure of the organ in which they are localized. They slowly deplete and poison the body with their waste products. In advanced cases, without treatment, animals (especially those with low weight: kittens, puppies) may die.

We got acquainted with specific diseases that can develop in dogs and cats from meeting with parasites. Now let’s remember how often you need to handle your pet in order to protect it from this.

Parasite treatment
How to treat parasites?
For helminths: once a quarter or more often, depending on a number of factors. For example, if there are small children and other animals in the house, if the pet walks or eats raw food, it is recommended to carry out processing once a month.

From ticks: start processing as soon as the daily temperature is above +5 C.

From fleas and mosquitoes: depends on the chosen protection. It is necessary to study the instructions and monitor the period of protection. As soon as the term expires, repeat the processing. Typically, the protection period is from one month to six months.

This short memo can be printed and hung on the refrigerator or saved to your phone. It can save lives – and these are not just big words!

Be vigilant and keep your dogs and cats safe.

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