Some interesting, strange and downright disgusting facts about parasites:
- Indoor cats can get worms! Cats that live strictly indoors can become infected with tapeworms by eating infected fleas. Another way cats can be exposed to worms through potting soil. Fifteen percent of potting soil that you use for your house plants can contain hookworm or roundworm eggs.
- Roaches are carriers of worms. Cats and dogs can be exposed to worms that are carried by roaches by ingesting them. Roaches can carry worms internally or on the outside of their bodies.
- Just because you can’t see them doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Seeing your pet pass worms or segments of worms in their stool is a good indication that they should be de-wormed. However, you should still have your pet checked regularly to ensure there are no microscopic worm eggs in their stool.
- Fleas can bite your pet 400 times a day. Fleas can also jump distances 150 times their own size 30,000 times in a row without stopping.
- A female heartworm can be up to 6-14 inches in length. An adult heartworm can live 5 to 7 years! Heartworms are transmitted to your pet by infected mosquitoes. Cats and dogs are both susceptible to heartworm disease. Heartworms can be prevented by giving your pet monthly doses of Heartgard.
The good news about parasites is that you can prevent them! If you think your pet may have parasites, want to discuss parasite prevention or have any questions regarding parasites please call to set up an appointment. Some other resources to answer some of your pet parasite questions include: