Don’t let parasite myths worm their way into your brain! Read on to find out the top 6 dog parasite myths and tick off the ones you were aware of.
Myth: A single product can protect my pet from all parasites
Truth: There is no single product that will provide your dog with full parasite protection. You must always use a combination of two products in order to safeguard your pet. If you’re not sure which products are best for your pet, use our Flea, Tick and Worm Treatment Finder or speak to a friendly Petbarn team member to understand the best treatment combination for your dog.
Myth: Parasites are only a risk in summer
Truth: While fleas and ticks may thrive in warmer environments, they are very much a risk to your dog all year-round. Measures of prevention should be taken no matter the season.
Myth: I can’t see worms, so my pets mustn’t have any
Truth: Worms live in your dog’s intestines and your pet will most likely only have worm eggs and larvae in their faeces if they are already contaminated. These are often too small for the naked human eye to see, so even if you can’t detect physical evidence of worms, your dog may still be infected.
Myth: My puppy is too young to have contracted a parasite
Truth: Newborn puppies have a weaker immune system than adult dogs and can actually be contaminated when suckling their mother’s milk so it’s important that you provide your dog with parasite prevention starting from when they’re young. Learn more about protecting your puppy from fleas, ticks and worms here.
Myth: My dog never leaves the garden, so they can’t contract parasites
Truth: Just because your dog prefers the comforts of your home, doesn’t mean they’re not at risk. Simply eating contaminated grass or licking shoes can cause contamination. Furthermore, we as humans can unknowingly bring parasites who’ve hitched a ride on our clothing into our homes. Parasites like fleas are very resilient, and can lay dormant in our carpet and furniture for months before jumping onto a passing dog. Safeguard your dog’s health by ensuring that they’re always protected against the parasites in your neighbourhood.
Myth: Humans can’t contract parasites from dogs
Truth: Most commonly, humans will contract parasites from their dogs through contact with contaminated faeces, which seems unlikely but happens more often than we think! Infections can also be transmitted through saliva, coming in contact with areas that pets relieve themselves in, or something as harmless as getting close for a snuggle.
To avoid contamination, wash your hands often, particularly after gardening or playing with your dog. Pick up your dog’s faeces daily and avoid going barefoot in the garden. Supervise children sitting on the ground or floor. Keep all surfaces and bathrooms clean, and change bed linen regularly.
Now that you know the truth…
Whether they’re an indoor or outdoor pet or whether it’s summer or winter, the best way to avoid your dog contracting parasites is to regularly provide them with a combination of flea, tick and worming treatments for complete protection.
Treating your dog for parasites keeps every member of your family healthy and safe from an infection so stay on top of their prevention routine with products from Petbarn.