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  • Diagnosing and treating parasites in your pet

If your pet gets parasites it’s not just them that will suffer, but you and your family too.

Unfortunately, pets are susceptible to a number of internal and external parasites that can cause them to feel unwell. However, the really bad news is that if your companion gets a parasitic infestation, you and your family are at risk too.

Parasites exampleFleas are the most common type of parasite to affect household pets. As well as causing discomfort for animals and humans alike (they survive by drinking warm blood), they can have up to 50 offspring each day, making them extremely difficult to get rid of.

In most cases, sore itchy spots caused by flea ‘bites’ are the worst damage these pesky parasites will cause. However, rabbits and particularly young or old animals are at risk of developing anaemia, and in extreme cases this can be fatal if their infestation is not managed.

“Not all flea and worm treatments are suitable for all animals, so make sure you speak with a member of our friendly team when choosing the best product for your pet.”

Ginge Eville – Receptionist

To make matters worse, fleas often carry tape worm eggs which could go on to cause further problems for your pet if they ingest them.

Worms survive in an animal’s gut. Worms can cause sickness and diarrhoea, and weight loss despite a healthy appetite. They can also be visible (some look like wriggling grains of rice) in your pet’s faeces and vomit.

As well as the fact that worms can be passed from animal-to-animal and animal-to-human (especially children), there are a number of different types of worms. It is therefore extremely important you are treating your companion for parasites regularly to ensure that you and your family are safeguarded.

At Chapel House Vets our team has a wealth of experience when it comes to diagnosing and treating parasite problems. Our nurses in particular are extremely knowledgeable and will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have, as well as advising you which preventative product is best suited to your companion.

You can benefit from annual health checks and discounted parasite treatments by being a member of our Pet Health for Life plan.

For more information about our practice, or to book an appointment for your companion, please contact your nearest practice directly:

Chesterfield: 01246 222232 Staveley: 01246 477581