I don’t have them, don’t want them and I don’t like them. Fleas and ticks can infest your bed and even get on my human friends. We can have them all year long – not fun! I never go outside, but I still get the preventative every month just in case one of those rotten buggers jump off someone else and find their way to me.
I find a little fascinating although they could be fatal. They start out as teeny tiny little worms that travel by mosquito bites. They travel from the bite, through the blood to the heart and become huge spaghetti like creatures. Because some years in Prescott we have these wonderful warming trends we can have mosquitoes all year, the recommendation is to be on preventative year long.
For my canine friends some of the preventatives for Heartworms also take care of internal parasites like round worms, hook worms and various other really ugly worms. I’ve heard the Doctors talk about how people can get these worms from their pets and it really seems to make sense to me to prevent rather than treat. Kids walking around barefoot in the yard can get worms and some of the pictures I’ve seen googled are SCARY! I know if I could get worms from people I certainly would want them to be on a preventative! I guess that’s another reason to be happy I’m a cat!
My friend Dr. Cameron Dow wrote a really comprehensive pet parasite blog on our website about all of these. I’ve just recapped some of his information in cat terms for some of my more, well, uncomplicated followers… you know who you are.
If you want to read more of the technical details check out his blog post: The Unseen Enemy.
Enjoy the birds and flowers that spring has brought us!!