With the arrival of spring, comes the increase of nasty parasites.

While parasites are a common problem seen by our clinics all year round, we notice a strong increase in parasite-related cases during the warmer months. Fleas, ticks, mosquitos and intestinal parasites spend their lives crawling beneath the surface of pets and can cause serious health problems for dogs and cats if left undetected.

The good news is, with our help prevention is easy!

There are many parasite preventatives available to assist in keeping your pet and family safe from pesky parasites. Given the range of products available, it can be confusing knowing which parasite prevention is most suitable for your pet.

Parasite prevention products that are available include:

Your local Greencross Vets team are your partners in protecting your pets from parasites.

Together, we can help determine the most suitable product and prevention program that is tailored to your pet's needs, lifestyle and environment.

Most common parasites

Fleas are small brown parasitic insects that infest the coat and skin of your pet. Many people think fleas are just an irritation but, if left untreated, they can be fatal to your pet. They can cause skin disease, tapeworm infection and anaemia in some dogs, especially young pets.

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Paralysis Ticks are small, round-looking parasites that burrow into your pet’s skin to feed and breed. While doing so, the paralysis tick produces a neurotoxin, which is absorbed into the blood and then gradually diffuses into the nervous system, causing progressive flaccid paralysis of all muscles.

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Dogs and cats can become infected with a range of intestinal worms including; hookworms, roundworms, whip worm and tapeworm. Intestinal worms from our pets can be transferred to other family members and children, elderly and people who are immunocompromised are at a higher risk.

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Heartworm is a parasite that is transmitted by mosquitos and infects both cats and dogs. The parasite matures in the pet’s organs for six months, becomes a worm, and then migrates to the heart and the blood vessels of the lungs.

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Watch our videos on fleas and paralysis ticks

For more information on the best parasite solution for your pet, talk to your local Greencross Vets team today.