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The Importance of Parasite Prevention

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

The importance of staying up to date with parasite prevention for your pets cannot be overstated. Parasites such as fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal worms are more than just a nuisance; they can pose severe health risks to your pet. These pests can cause a range of health problems, from skin irritation and allergies to life-threatening conditions such as heartworm disease. Staying proactive in parasite prevention is your first line of defence in keeping your pet healthy and disease-free.

Preventing Unnecessary Suffering

Infestations of parasites can lead to significant discomfort and suffering for your pet.

  • Fleas and ticks can cause incessant itching, skin infections, and in some cases, even transmit diseases.

  • Paralysis ticks are dangerous parasites, causing paralysis and even death, harming thousands of dogs and cats in Australia every year. Once attached it begins feeding and starts producing a potent toxin that affects the animal's central nervous system and causes progressive paralysis and possibly death.

  • Heartworm disease can lead to coughing, lethargy, and, if left untreated, can be fatal.

By staying up to date with prevention, you can spare your pet from unnecessary suffering.

Ensuring Your Pet's Longevity

Regular parasite prevention can significantly extend your pet's lifespan. When your pet is free from parasites and the diseases they carry, they are more likely to lead a happy and healthy life. Preventing these health issues through proper prevention is a key aspect of responsible pet ownership.


Preventing Zoonotic Diseases

Some parasites that affect pets can also harm humans, known as zoonotic diseases. By keeping your pet parasite-free, you're not only protecting your best friend but also safeguarding the health of your family and yourself.


Financial Savings

Treating a pet for parasite-related illnesses can be costly. Prevention is far more economical than dealing with the medical expenses and emotional toll of treating a sick pet. In some cases, treatment may not even be effective, making prevention the best and most cost-effective choice.


Maintaining Peace of Mind

Regularly staying up to date with parasite prevention offers you peace of mind, knowing that you're doing everything you can to protect your beloved companion. You can rest easier knowing that your pet is safe from the invisible threats that parasites pose.


Parasite Prevention Methods


There are several traditional methods of parasite prevention available for pet owners, each with its unique characteristics and application methods:




Topical Treatments (Spot-ons). Topical treatments involve applying a liquid or gel directly to your pet's skin, typically between the shoulder blades. These treatments are absorbed into the skin and provide protection against external parasites like fleas and ticks. Topical treatments are convenient and usually need to be applied monthly.





Collars. Parasite prevention collars such as Seresto are a wearable solution that releases active ingredients over time to create a protective zone around your pet. They are often used to ward off fleas, ticks and sometimes mosquitoes. Collars are a long-lasting option, with protection lasting for several months.





Oral Medications. Oral medications, available in various forms such as chewable tablets or flavoured liquids, are designed to be ingested by your pet. These medications work from the inside out, targeting a range of parasites, including heartworms, intestinal worms and fleas. The frequency of administration varies by the specific product.




New Treatment Coming Soon!


We're thrilled to share that a game-changing advancement is on the horizon - a 12-month injection for fleas and ticks, soon to be available at our veterinary clinic! This innovation represents a giant leap forward in ensuring your pet's well-being, making parasite protection more convenient and effective than ever. Say goodbye to monthly applications or the need to remember when it's time for the next dose. With this 12-month injection, you can rest easy, knowing that your pet will be shielded against fleas and ticks for an entire year. Stay tuned for more details on how this remarkable advancement will revolutionise the way you care for your pet.


Neglecting parasite prevention is a gamble that no pet owner should take. The consequences can be devastating, leading to illnesses that cause suffering, emotional distress and financial burdens. By staying informed, vigilant and proactive, you can protect your pets from these terrible outcomes.


If you have any questions or concerns about parasite protection for your pet, please call our friendly team on (07) 3288 1822.

 

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