When it comes to parasites, Malta Animal Hospital recommends preventing infestations to avoid problems for pets, family members, and the entire household. Treatment options may be annoying and costly, and repeated parasite infestations can cause your pet untold discomfort and long-term health issues.
Fleas, ticks, and mites love the environment your pet offers as a temporary home and food source. Identifying parasites early and treating them with appropriate medications is essential.
A pet that demonstrates excessive scratching, rubbing, or biting can be signaling an external parasite problem. Itching and discomfort are only the tip of the iceberg, however. Flea bites can cause inflammation, infection, and allergies as well as secondary diseases. Tick bites can cause anemia, irritation, and more serious diseases such as Lyme, anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Mites such as scabies are contagious and can cause severe itching and skin irritation or infection.
Preventing these pests is an essential part of our wellness program. We develop programs for the specific needs of your pet and your own particular environmental situation. We will review with you the best ways to control these pests in your house, in your yard, and on your pet. These preventive medications are easy to administer and reasonable to purchase, and they are your first line of defense against many serious but preventable health concerns.
Intestinal parasites are quite common and may be transmitted to pets and people easily through insect bites, fecal matter, or even simple contact. Most dogs and cats are born with these parasites, so early treatment is essential to protecting your new pet, other pets, and your family.
At each wellness visit, especially in the first year, we are attentive to the possibility of internal parasites from intestinal worms to heartworm disease. Initial fecal and blood tests are performed and, when your pet is free of parasites, we will recommend the best preventive for your specific needs. Regular testing ensures your animal companion stays healthy and free of these pests.
Sometimes pets can pass certain diseases to humans; these are called zoonotic diseases. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers the Healthy Pets, Healthy People website to inform you about these concerns and help you create a healthier environment. However, we are pleased to discuss your concerns at any time and to provide you with informational materials. Simply contact the hospital with your questions.