Summer is a time of fun adventures + memories in the making! And who better to share the sunshine with than your best furry friend? Although summer means a lot of wonderful things, pet owners have a responsibility to make sure their pets are safe + healthy in the hotter months.
Pets are treated more frequently in summer due to their increased exposure to the outdoors. Heat related injuries, parasitic + infectious illnesses, + injuries caused by unsupervised fun are on the rise in the summer.
Parasites may be small, but these creatures can cause life-threatening illnesses and wreak havoc on your pet’s health. The most common pet parasites include fleas, ticks, ear mites, heartworms, intestinal worms (like roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms), and single-celled (protozoan) parasites like coccidia and giardia.
Read on for more info on what each parasite is, how they’re spread, symptoms, treatments and preventatives available, and how prevalent they are.