Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Animal Life -

All dogs and cats are at risk of pesky par­a­sites – ticks, fleas and in­testi­nal worms. As there are many com­mon mis­con­cep­tions about how to treat and pro­tect your pets from these harm­ful pests, it’s time to de­bunk the myths.

✖ In­testi­nal worm­ing treat­ments stop your pet from get­ting worms.

If your pet has worms, their en­vi­ron­ment will be con­tam­i­nated with in­fec­tious worm eggs (lar­vae), so they’re likely to be con­tin­u­ally re­in­fected be­tween worm­ing treat­ments.

✖ All flea and tick treat­ments pre­vent fleas and ticks from bit­ing your pet.

Ouch! Un­like treat­ments that kill on con­tact, some prod­ucts rely on par­a­sites bit­ing your pet to be ex­posed to the toxin in the blood­stream and be killed.

✖ In­door-only dogs and cats don’t need to be on a heart­worm pre­ven­ta­tive.

Bzzz – mos­qui­toes can, and do, fly into your home, too!

✖ Giv­ing your children worm­ing treat­ments will pro­tect them against worms from pets.

The best way to pro­tect hu­mans from the harm­ful ef­fects of zoonotic (trans­mit­ted from pets to peo­ple) worms is to keep your pets free from worms with con­tin­u­ous pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ment, clean up pet fae­ces daily and teach the kids good hand hy­giene.

✖ Af­ter hav­ing tick paral­y­sis, dogs and cats are im­mune to the paral­y­sis tick toxin and won’t re­quire tick pro­tec­tion.

Tick paral­y­sis can kill any time!

✖ In­testi­nal worms aren’t danger­ous for pets.

Hook­worm in­fec­tion can kill a puppy within days without in­ten­sive care.

Source: vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Li­isa Ahlstrom from Bayer An­i­mal Health.

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