Because pets are a vital part of our families, guarding against parasite infestations is crucial to maintaining their health. Your pet may experience ectoparasites (external parasites) or endoparasites (internal parasites) at some point during their lifetime. Ectoparasites like fleas and ticks can spread vector-borne diseases to both humans and animals, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, ehlichia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They can also be a nuisance to your pet. Flea allergic dermatitis, a serious dermatological disorder that can leave your pet’s skin extremely irritated and swollen, is another thing that fleas can do.
The most common endoparasite in pets is the roundworm. Tapeworms, whipworms, and hookworms are a few more. Pets often become infected with these parasites by unintentionally ingesting minute parasite eggs from places where other sick animals’ faeces have been present. As an alternative, some parasites can be acquired by ingesting intermediate hosts like fleas or rats (Taenia tapeworm species) (Dipyllidium tapeworm species).