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Signs of Small Pet Parasites

Signs of small pet parasites are fairly easy to detect. While not necessarily life threatening, parasites are definitely irritating for both pets and owners. Some common signs of small pet parasites can be easily diagnosed and treated by owners.

External parasites such as fleas, ticks, and ear mites commonly infect small pets - seeing them constantly scratching could be your first sign of parasitism. Fleas and ticks live on the pet's skin surface and feed on body fluids, leaving reddish brown specks and wounds in serious infestations. You can easily catch fleas and ticks by simple inspection, but the real problem lies in permanently getting rid of them. An untreated flea and tick case may lead to serious problems like anemia. Never use flea and tick medications that are prescribed for other animals. You will have to use flea products continuously, usually at least once a month, to make sure that all fleas and their eggs have been killed. While these medications can also eliminate fleas and eggs in your vicinity, you would also have to thoroughly sanitize your pet's cage, bedding, and your entire house. Ear mites, unlike flea and ticks, are microscopic and exhibit less obvious signs of small pet parasites.