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Posted on 04-15-2016

Fleas, Ticks & Intestinal Parasites

Question: Is your pet at risk for any of the following:
A) Fleas
B) Ticks
C) Worms
D) All of the above


Answer: All of the above (and they ALL can be tough to spot!)

It may sound gross but even the cleanest pets living in the cleanest homes can be at risk for parasites!


Let’s talk about fleas first. The majority of pets don’t have fleas—but many have been bitten because fleas are everywhere! Fleas live outdoors but they can live indoors too – even in really clean homes – year-round in any climate. Fleas will gladly hitch a ride on your pet (and even your clothes) into your house. And all it takes is one flea bite to set off a full blown flea allergy. Pets may scratch their sides, neck or even lick their paws until they’re red and painful.

Intestinal parasites (aka "worms") can infect your pet in a number of ways. Sometimes, it’s hard to know if your pet has them. Left untreated, worms can be dangerous to your pet’s internal organs and overall health. Your pet may have poor coat quality, weight loss, vomiting and/or diarrhea, and potentially even cause your pet to lose blood.

Ticks are tricky. Even when you check your pet for ticks they can be tough to find because they’re small and hide well in dark fur. But it’s crucial to find ticks and remove them quickly. Why? Some ticks carry bacteria that cause disease (such as Lyme disease, but there are many others). And all you need is one
undetected tick bite for your pet to become infected. They can become sick and develop organ damage.

So is there any good news? Yes!
The doctors here at Stack Veterinary Hospital are pros when it comes to flea allergies, tick and internal parasite checks. Even if your pet is on regular monthly preventive, it is still important for us to make sure your pet is healthy.


Make an appointment for your pet’s annual checkup today – we’ll give them a thorough physical exam from nose to tail. We will also confirm that the flea, tick, heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention you’re using is right for your pet!

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