AUSTIN, Texas, May 9, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Thrive Pet Healthcare, a leading veterinary service network with about 400 locations across the U.S., advised dog and cat owners about the household health risks when pets are not protected year-round from external parasites such as fleas and ticks.
According to a Zoonoses Public Health study, pet owning households are at increased risk of finding ticks crawling on or attached to household members compared to households without pets.
Many flea- and tick-borne illnesses that may affect dogs and cats can equally affect humans. Bites from ticks that are infected with Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever can result in serious health conditions for pets and humans. Although less common, fleas can transmit infections and diseases to both pets and humans, including plague and murine typhus.
"Parasites are not picky. Fleas and ticks will bite humans just as easily as they will bite our pets, potentially putting everyone in the household at risk for illness or disease when dogs and cats are not on a year-round preventative regimen," said Thrive Pet Healthcare Vice President of Medical Excellence and Education Dr. Kelly Cairns. "Veterinarian-prescribed flea and tick preventatives are the best way to protect your pet from harmful and sometimes deadly parasite-related illnesses."
Dogs and cats can also be infected with heartworm disease, a potentially fatal illness carried by mosquitoes. Heartworms are spread by mosquito bites and can grow up to a foot long, living in the heart and lungs of the pet. Symptoms are often unnoticeable until irreversible damage has been done.
"Once your dog or cat is infected with heartworm disease, treatment can be very costly, have possible side effects, and is not always successful," said Dr. Cairns. "Ultimately, the risks of infection and high cost of treatment outweighs the cost of prevention."
Some of the common myths about external parasite exposure in pets include:
To encourage pet owners to invest in the long-term health and well-being of their pets, through May 31, select Thrive Pet Healthcare primary care hospitals will offer a 10% discount on 6- and 12-month supplies of Simparica, Simparica TRIO, Revolution PLUS, and the annual injectable ProHeart 12.Thrive Plustm members will receive an additional 10% off. To learn more about this parasite prevention promotion, common pet parasites and prevention options, visit https://www.thrivepetcare.com/parasites-arent-picky.
Thrive Plus membership makes it easier and more cost-effective for pets to receive frequent, high-quality care throughout their life. Starting at $14.95 per month, members receive unlimited free exams, unlimited $5 nail trims, and 10% off primary care services.
About Thrive Pet Healthcare:
Thrive Pet Healthcare is a leading veterinary service network that uniquely delivers a continuum of care to pet families and services to veterinary hospitals. With an industry-first membership program and about 400 acute, primary, and specialty providers, Thrive Pet Healthcare offers personalized, accessible care through every stage of a pet's life and health. The veterinarian-founded organization provides premier benefits for practice staff while elevating privately held veterinary hospitals with innovative service and technology solutions. By focusing on the needs and aspirations of veterinary care providers, Thrive Pet Healthcare is supporting the well-being of the industry and raising the national bar for veterinary excellence. To learn more about Thrive Pet Healthcare, please visit www.thrivepetcare.com.
SOURCE Thrive Pet Healthcare
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