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Summer is the best time to get out and have fun with your favorite furry friends, but with the warm weather comes an increased risk for contracting parasites. But just because there are more pesky pet parasites waiting to cause problems, doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors and miss out on the seasonal fun with your dog or cat. You just need to know what summer pet parasites to look out for so that you can take care of them quickly and effectively.
Once spotted and identified, you’ll find that cat or dog worms usually fall into one of the following categories:
The most difficult part of dealing with worms is knowing how to recognize signs of infection. Depending on how long the worms have been there (and what type of worms you’re dealing with), diagnosis and treatment options vary. Medications are often effective at destroying worms and their larvae, assuming they haven’t been there too long already. This is why regular veterinary appointments are so important. It’s also a great idea to get your pet a vet-prescribed monthly heartworm medication. This will provide additional protection from heartworms, roundworms, hookworms and the like.
Looking to add some protection for your dog or cat? Consider signing up for a pet insurance policy.
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.
1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.