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Protect Your Dogs and Cats in the Parasite Risk Season

Published on April 24, 2024

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Guide to Parasite Protection for Dogs and Cats

With the arrival of spring and the approach of summer, the pesticide prophylaxis season for the health of your beloved dogs and cats.

The Impact of Parasites on Dogs and Cats

Parasites, both internal and external, represent a serious threat to the health of dogs and cats. External parasites such as fleas and ticks not only cause discomfort and irritation, but are also vectors of serious diseases such as borreliosis, better known as Lyme disease.

Likewise, internal parasites, including tapeworms and roundworms, can seriously affect the overall well-being of your pets. These organisms are not only annoying but can transmit diseases with long-term effects on the health of your companions.

Ticks: A Real Threat to Dogs and Cats

Ticks are vectors of several potentially serious diseases.

Among the diseases transmitted by ticks, the best known in the Canton of Ticino is Lyme disease, but it's not the only one. Other diseases include ehrlichiosis, transferred primarily by dog ticks, and anaplasmosis, transmissible to both dogs and cats.

Each of these diseases can range from mild to severe can cause symptoms ranging from fever and fatigue to more serious problems such as joint damage and, in rare cases, neurological complications or death.

Lyme Disease: What You Need to Know

Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, it is mainly transmitted by ticks Ixodes. Symptoms in dogs include fever, lameness due to joint inflammation, lethargy and swollen lymph nodes. In cats, the disease is less common but can present with similar symptoms.

It's important recognize early signs and consult a veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment, which normally includes the use of antibiotics. If not diagnosed and treated appropriately, it can lead to more serious complications, including joint and neurological problems.

Symptoms to Monitor

  • Fever and lameness that shifts from one joint to another
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Lethargy and lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite

How Can I Protect My Dog and Cat from Parasites?

Protecting your pets from parasites is simple and essential to their health and well-being.

For dogs, treatments include chewable treats that offer monthly protection against fleas, ticks and internal parasites. These products are not only effective but also easy to administer.

For cats, skin pipettes represent a practical and less invasive solution. These pipettes, applied to the skin in areas not reachable by the cat, spread the medicine over the body surface for long-lasting action against external and internal parasites.

Following your veterinarian's instructions on application frequency is essential to maintaining effective protection.

Regular deworming of dogs and cats has numerous benefits, from preventing parasite-borne diseases to improving the pet's quality of life to protecting your family, as many parasites can be transmitted from animals to humans.

Prevention is better than cure

The Hospital firmly supports the ideology of prevention. Regularity in the application of anti-parasitic treatments and routine checks with the veterinarian are essential to prevent diseases rather than cure them.

Not only this approach contributes to a better quality of life for your pet, but it can also significantly reduce long-term costs associated with treating advanced parasitic diseases.

Maintaining a routine of visits and treatments prevents problems from arising and ensures that your pet is protected in every season.

Remember: Prevention is always the best strategy.

To protect your pets from parasites, book a consultation with our team. Together, we can ensure a healthy and peaceful life for your dogs and cats.

For La Trinità

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