Parasites are a very common problem among pets, and most animals will experience them at some point during their lifetime. However, that doesn’t mean that they have to be a forgone conclusion. There are now more preventative treatments that can help keep parasites away than ever before, enabling your pet to avoid the discomfort, irritation and potentially dangerous consequences that they can cause.
Heartworm disease is a dangerous and sometimes fatal disease that can affect dogs, cats, ferrets, and other mammals. It can also affect humans in rare instances. Cats are not as susceptible to heartworms as dogs; they are an atypical host. So most heartworms do not survive in adult cats. However, even immature worms can cause real damage to a cat. The treatment dogs receive for heartworm disease does not apply to cats. Prevention is the only way to protect your cat.
The American Humane Society says that pet owners lose almost 10 million pets each year. Even the most careful pet owners can find themselves in a situation where their pet is missing.
Pet owners want their animals to live long, happy and healthy lives. Unfortunately, animals can get sick. Many diseases can affect our pets, and many are infectious, meaning that they can be easily transmitted between unprotected animals. The good news is that many of the most serious and deadly animal diseases can be prevented with vaccinations.
Most pet parents understand that it is important to take their pet to the veterinarian at least once every year. The annual physical exams are important to keep the pet healthy, happy, and safe. What most people do not realize is that it is equally important for pets to get pet dental exams.
If you are a pet owner, you are probably wondering how often you should take your pet to the vet. Vet visits will depend on different factors that vary with each situation. Puppies and senior pets will require more frequent visits than healthy adult dogs. The frequency of visits will also depend on the breed of animal and your location.
One of the most important decisions pet owners need to make is if they will spay or neuter their animal companions. Most people consider spaying and neutering to be ways of controlling the population of pets. While that is true, it is just one of the primary benefits.
Fleas and ticks are a common problem for pet owners, especially during the Summer months when they are particularly prevalent. These parasites rarely cause serious illness by themselves, but they can be very unpleasant for your pet to experience, causing itching, swelling, skin irritations, and more. They can also act as carriers for a range of infectious diseases, many of which could make your pet quite sick. Some of these diseases can even be transmitted to humans in your home.
You’ve probably seen posters advertising microchipping when you take your pet to the vets, but how much do you really know about it? Lots of owners still don’t have their pets microchipped, and when asked, many say that they just don’t know enough about it to make that decision for their pet. Nevertheless, pet microchipping does remain one of the most effective ways of attaching identification information to your pet, increasing the likelihood that they will be reunited with you in the event that you become separated. Here’s what you need to know about how pet microchips work and why your pet should have one.