Parasites and pets, what you need to know

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Parasites are organisms that live in or on another organism (its host) and benefit by deriving nutrients at the host’s expense. Pets are constantly exposed to these organisms in their environment. That is why controlling and eliminating parasites, and the infections that can occur as a result, are crucial pet care concerns for owners.

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There are two main types of parasites: external and internal. Internal parasites can produce major complications in nutrition and development, including loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, heart and respiratory problems and even death.

In fact, humans can contract parasites from their pets, too, which is why preventative measures should be taken: Collecting pet feces, employing proper hand washing, schedule periodic deworming appointments and, above all, make regular visits to your vet.

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