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The Truth About Parasites

Posted by Scott Pollak on

Parasites can lurk in any corner of the body.  Transmitted by animal feces, animal bites, insects, and by many other means, every animal is host to an array of parasites… even humans.  Some cause harm, while others can be ignored or even beneficial to the body system.

So, when do you worry that a bad parasite has become hosted in your pet?  When you see any of the following symptoms:

  • Excessive paw licking
  • Ear discharge
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pains
  • Loss of appetite
  • Presentation of small specs/eggs in the feces and around the anus
  • Rash or bite marks
  • Weight loss
  • Swelling stomach
  • Blood in stool

Prevention is always the best measure, keeping your pet’s body healthy enough to fight the parasite before it becomes an issue.  Proper diet and exercise will keep your pet healthy, but on the chance that he becomes infected, contact your vet immediately.


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