Parasites can be real pests. Both external (fleas, ticks) and internal (heartworm, hookworm, roundworm) parasites can cause problems for your pet as well as your family. In Starkville, Columbus, and Louisville, Mississippi, fleas are a year-round problem for pets and their owners. They are not just a nuisance; they carry diseases that can be dangerous to both you and your pet. For example, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet, and often you can see segments of the tapeworm in your pet's stool. Your pet can also be allergic to fleas, and even just one flea bite can cause an intense allergic reaction, resulting in a severely painful skin infection.
Although ticks are less of a problem in our area, they too can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Prevention is the best approach to eliminating these pests. Please speak to Dr. Shy about a preventative plan that is most appropriate for your pet’s lifestyle.