There are two types of pet parasites – ectoparasites and endoparasites. Ectoparasites live on your pet's skin. This category includes ticks and fleas. On the other hand, endoparasites live inside your pet's body. They include hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms. When unattended to, parasites irritate and spread diseases to you and your pet. At Bluegrass Animal Hospital, we have years of experience helping Knoxville, TN residents take measures to protect their pets from parasites.
Common Pet Parasites
Fleas are tiny insects that hop from one animal to another. Their movement skills make it difficult to contain them. These insects can cause irritation and itching in pets. When not contained early enough, they can contribute to serious disorders like anemia.
Ticks are parasites that infest the skin of pets. Pets that live in woodlands face more risks of being affected by ticks. These external parasites irritate, and when not controlled early, they can transmit Lyme Disease to your pet.
Ear mites are common in young pets, especially puppies. One animal can spread them to the other through close contact. Symptoms of ear mites include repeated scratching of the ear and a generally irritated disposition.
A heartworm parasite is passed from one pet to the other by mosquitoes. Once inside an animal's body, it grows into a worm and shifts to other organs like the heart and lungs. If not diagnosed and treated early, the effects of heartworm can be fatal.
Protecting Your Pet Against Parasites
Apart from making your pet's life unbearable, parasites contribute to many serious diseases, many of which are fatal. In some serious conditions, pet parasites can infest pet owners. Flea and tick bites irritate and may even transfer diseases to human beings.
Once you notice parasites on your pet, contact our veterinarian immediately for advice on effective parasite control products. Our veterinarian may recommend special tablets and sprays for external parasites. While internal parasites may be harder to detect, our on-site laboratory allows our veterinarian to quickly identify and address endoparasites like heartworms. We may also provide vaccinations to protect your pet from future parasite-related disorders.
Animal Hospital in Knoxville
At Bluegrass Animal Hospital in Knoxville, TN, we have an on-site laboratory and pharmacy to diagnose and treat parasite-related conditions. We also offer regular pet vaccinations to protect your furry friend against diseases. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us at (865) 694-8387.