Having a pet has many benefits. Children and adults alike can enjoy the many advantages of keeping a furry friend around. Dogs are known to assist with mental illness such as depression or anxiety and in people who suffer loneliness, dogs can provide companionship. What’s more, when children are brought up with a pet they are encouraged to play outside and be active along with their pet.

The fact is that your pet is a value-added part of  your home and family. However, while they can alleviate mental illness they can also cause illnesses in your home, through various pet diseases, if you are not careful.

There are three types of worms that can infect your pets and you alike. Pet diseases are abundant but the common ones are these three worms; ringworm, roundworm and tapeworm. Here’s how to identify if you pet has one of these common pet diseases:

There’s nothing cuter than a kitten unless it has roundworm.

A roundworm is a common spaghetti-like parasite that is found in cats. If a kitten is suffering from roundworm then it’s often due to it suckling from a mother cat who has an infection. If a fully grown cat catches this infection it is most likely due to it having eaten an infected rodent. Roundworms, like ringworms, can easily infect a person but if a roundworm is not treated quickly and effectively this can lead to blindness in people. If your pet is suffering from roundworm you will see it in their stools, they will have diarrhoea or constipation or a bloody stool. Whereas in people the symptoms are coughing, bloody stools, shortness of breath and cramps. You can prevent an infection in your cat by keeping them indoors and it is advisable to wash your hands thoroughly after handling your cat or their litter box.
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The notorious ringworm is easily one of the most contagious pet diseases.

Ringworm is readily passed from a pet to its owner and is an extremely contagious disease. The ringworm spores are able to live on without a host for a number of months and your pet is susceptible to fungal infections. You can identify a ringworm infection in your pet through hair loss and skin lesions that have a red spot in the centre. If you or one of your family members happen to become infected you will notice round red patches on the skin. If your animals live indoors with you then one way of preventing an infection is to ensure that you wash your bedding and blankets in hot water and don’t share your grooming tools with your fellow pet owners.

If your dog or cat is dragging their bottoms they may have tapeworm.

Dogs and cats can suffer tapeworm and the cause is most likely from them swallowing an infected flea. If your pet is infected with tapeworm they will sit down and then drag themselves across the ground and tapeworm segments will appear in their stools, vomit or on the fur around their back end. Unfortunately, many children end up with tapeworm because they don’t always remember to wash their hands after playing with their pet. When they then eat or put their hands in their mouth they can become infected. It is an easily treated infection for both animals and people and can be prevented by keeping your pets free from fleas.
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Keeping your pets and your home clean and pest free is a sure-fire way of keeping everybody healthy. By employing the services of a domestic pest controller you can create a happy and healthy environment in your home. Remaining pest free requires on-going maintenance, so employing a professional pest controller who can check your home a couple of times throughout the year is a wise idea. To find out more about domestic pest control please contact a branch of The Specialists closest to your home.

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