May 15 2014

Beware the Bug: Parasite Prevention and Screening for Dogs

As the weather gets warmer and you spend more time outside, your pets are more likely to be exposed to sometimes-serious infections and parasites. Each year, many pets are diagnosed with diseases carried by insects and parasites. Cost of treatment can be expensive and some diseases can lead to serious illness. Just as bad, many of these diseases can be transmitted to people the very same way our pets get them. 

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Here are some parasite prevention tips from the Companion Animal Parasite Council and Dr. Ruth MacPete.

*Deworm your pets according to your veterinarian’s recommendations

*Keep your pets on monthly year-round parasite preventatives

*Take your pet to the veterinarian annually for routine parasite screenings

*Wash your hands after any exposure to soil, sandboxes, and raw meat

*Don’t let children eat dirt or food that has fallen to the ground Pick-up after your pet and keep your yard free of feces

*Cover sandboxes and play areas

Source: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/pet-health/beware-bug-parasite-prevention-and-screening-dogs

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