Minnesota Veterinary Hospital Blog
Parasites that affect dogs and cats can be found either internally or externally. The pest may attach itself to the pet's fur, the animal may ingest it, or it may get infected through a mosquito bite. When left untreated, parasite infestation can cause serious discomfort or even life-threatening complications for the pet. Since animals depend on their owners to keep them well, it's essential for anyone who owns a dog or cat to be aware of the various parasites, their symptoms,and how to treat them.
Human aren't the only ones who get spring fever. Your dog, who may have only went outside to take care of business the past several months, is anxious to get out there to dig holes and go on long walks with you. If your cats go outside, they too are ready to soak up some of the sun's rays outdoors and not just be content to sunbathe inside. As much as you share in your pets' enthusiasm, it's important to remember that spring brings many new possibilities for pet poisoning.
Heartworm disease causes serious complication in dogs and cats and can even be fatal to them. The heartworm is approximately one foot long and lives inside the lungs, heart, and blood vessels of affected animals. In addition to house pets, heartworms may be found in ferrets, coyotes, wolves, sea lions, and foxes. Wild species are thought to be a primary carrier of heartworm disease. When left untreated, heartworms can cause heart failure and severe lung disease as well as damage to internal organs.