Heartworms - heartworms live in the heart, lungs and surrounding tissues. Unless treated, heartworms can negatively affect the lifespan and health of your pet.
Fleas - fleas typically do not cause extensive damage, but they are a nuisance for both pets and owners. They can cause skin irritation and chronic itching and scratching. More seriously, fleas can transmit tapeworms and Bartonella, a bacteria that causes “cat-scratch fever” in humans.
Ticks - ticks are known carriers of Lyme Disease. Some ticks can be the size of a pinhead, making them difficult to see. Be sure to check your pet frequently for ticks, especially after walks or outdoor trips and in humid weather.
Mites - mites can cause infections in the ear from scratching. Mange mites may cause scabies or mange and, when left untreated, may compromise your pet’s immune system. Mites can easily transfer between animals, so prevention and treatment is essential.
Intestinal Parasites - hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, and whipworms are the most common types of Intestinal parasites. If left untreated, these parasites can cause vomiting, diarrhea, weakness and weight loss. Intestinal parasites can also be transferred to humans through feces.