Yes, Your Pet Can Get Parasites & Diseases from Wildlife

Prevention Really is Key

There are simple ways to keep your pet safe from parasites and diseases, but you must be diligent about protection. It’s easy to dismiss the importance of prevention, but many diseases out there are life-threatening so don’t wait until it’s too late. Here at Pewaukee Veterinary Service, we think being aware and armed with the information you need will help you be the best pet parent you can be. Most of our clients have not taken classes in animal diseases or parasitology or had formal education in wildlife medicine, so how about a crash course on what you need to always be “in the know”? We’ve dedicated this new blog series just for you – because knowledge is power! 😊

It’s no secret—it’s just not good medicine to take an ‘out of sight out of mind’ approach to your pet’s healthcare by waiting until something bad happens and then hoping for the best. This is why we insist on vaccines and preventative medications. Illness and the cost to treat disease is expensive – preventative medicine is always better for your pet, a better investment, and usually much more manageable to one’s pocketbook. Sudden illness can become expensive quickly, and costs can easily sky rocket when a health problem turns into a life-threatening situation, requiring life-saving critical care medicine for the furry one you love.

Another factoid easily forgotten is that our pet’s health can easily affect our own. Something as simple as giving our pets year-round monthly internal parasite protection ensures that we won’t expose ourselves, and those we love, to potential health risks our pets can pass on to us from what they come in contact with outside. Many vaccines and preventative medications recommended by your veterinarian are to limit your pet’s susceptibility to wild animal diseases and parasites. Even if your pets live indoors, they may encounter wildlife in their own homes, outdoors in the country, and even in our suburbs and cities. More times than we can count, we see and treat pets for this kind of unexpected exposure. It’s always better to take preventative measures to protect your pet’s health than to cross your fingers, wish for the best, and fight Mother Nature. She usually wins.

Next in our blog series, “Zoonotic Disease – My Pet Can Give Me What?!”