Parasites can affect your cat in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritation to causing life-threatening conditions if left untreated. And while parasites can affect your cat year round, they are especially vulnerable as the temperatures rise and as they get to spend more time outdoors.
Luckily, as your veterinarian, we can help prevent, accurately diagnose, and safely treat parasites and other health problems that not only affect your cat, but also the safety of you and your family.
Responsible cat parasite control can reduce the risks associated with transmission of parasitic diseases from cats to people. Pet owners can better protect their pets and their family by following few simple guidelines. Review this checklist provided by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
- Practice good personal hygiene.
- Use a preventative flea and/or tick treatment year-round.
- Only feed cats cooked or prepared food (not raw meat).
- Minimize exposure to high-traffic cat areas.
- Clean up cat feces regularly.
- Visit your veterinarian for annual testing and physical examination.
- Administer worming medications as recommended by your veterinarian.
- Ask your veterinarian about parasite infection risks and effective year-round preventative control measures administered monthly.