Creepy Crawlies | Village Vets
dog hiding from parasites

Parasites come in many different shapes and sizes. They bite, suck pet’s blood, live on their skin, swim through their bloodstream or feast on their intestinal tract or part of their bodies, depending on whether they are ecoparasites (live inside the body), or ectoparasites (live outside the body).

Heavy parasite burdens can make your pet feel miserable and their weakened immune systems leaves them open to contracting other diseases. Not only that, many parasites are zoonotic, meaning that animals can be passed on to humans. Children are particularly at risk.

Sound scary? They don’t have to be! Parasite control treatments are available over the counter at all of our practices, and are completely FREE for pets on the Pet Health Plan Plus.  

 Worms

Some of the main worms include:

  • Lungworm
  • Heartworm
  • Roundworm/Toxocara
  • Tapeworm
  • Hookworm
What’s the big deal?

Intestinal parasite infections can cause a multitude of problems including: diarrhoea, anaemia, breathing issues, chronic heart failure and even death.

 Fleas and Lice

What’s the big deal?

Not only will these annoying little critters cause intense itching in your pet, they can evoke an allergic reaction resulting in skin inflammation or infection. Fleas are also known to transmit tapeworm, which is one nasty parasite your pet would not like to have.

 Ticks and Mites

What’s the big deal?

Mites most commonly cause ear inflammation, allergic reaction and secondary bacterial infections due to self trauma. Ticks are well known carriers of Lyme disease, which is transmissible to humans.

 What’s the Solution?

Endoparasites (worms)

For dogs and cats: a worming tablet or liquid every 3 months for life.

For all other furry friends: please ask any member of our team.

Ectoparasites (fleas, lice, ticks and mites)

For dogs and cats: a spot-on treatment once a month for life.

For all other furry friends: please ask any member of our team.

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