Hookworms, roundworms and whipworms, oh my! From embedding in your pet’s intestines to eating their partially digested food, parasites are some of the peskiest pests for pets around. But they’re not just for pets — people can get them, too, because guess what? Parasites aren’t picky. But they are icky. Ugh. Anyway, we’ve all seen external parasites — ticks, fleas, mites, etc., but what we’re talking about today are intestinal parasites because preventing ALL pesky parasites is our passion. Even the ones you typically can’t see.
So why is preventing intestinal parasites so important?
- THE “ICK” FACTOR: Think about it — there is a tiny being inside your pet’s digestive tract growing and multiplying and actually SUCKING YOUR PET’S BLOOD OR EATING ITS PARTIALLY DIGESTED FOOD. Ew!
- YOUR PET’S HEALTH: Anything that’s taking your pet’s blood or food is STEALING VITAL NUTRIENTS that your pet needs to survive and thrive.
- YOUR HEALTH: Like we mentioned above, parasites aren’t picky and MANY of them can transfer from animals to humans. Sharing does NOT equal caring in this regard.
But how are they spread? Maybe your dog never interacts with other dogs or maybe your cat is inside only. Transmission varies by parasite, but if your pet goes outside for any reason (even if it’s just in the back yard!), or you bring the outdoors inside on your shoes/clothes, your pet can be at risk. So how can you prevent this? We have so many ways! From chewable preventatives that taste like a treat to topical prevention you apply with a quick squirt on their skin, beating these pests is our priority.
Ready to make sure these pesky parasites aren’t getting too attached to your furry family members?
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