Parasites live on or in our pets, and sometimes us, and can cause a range of signs. From ectoparasites, who live on the skin, to endoparasites, who live inside our pets, parasites are found inhabiting all our pet species and are a frequent reason for our pets to end up visiting their local vet! To find out more about the parasites your pet could be at risk from, and how you can protect them, follow our handy links below.
Cryptosporidium And Your Reptile
Cryptosporidia are a type of protozoa – a microscopic, single-celled parasite – which live in the intestines and can have devastating consequences.
Ticks And Your Reptile
Having scales isn’t always enough to protect against biting parasites. Ticks are nasty, blood-sucking parasites with powerful mouthparts. These can pierce even scaled skin, which means even our reptiles are not safe from the risk of tick bites. While indoor reptiles are at very low risk of tick bites, our roaming reptiles such as tortoises are more likely to be affected.
Coccidiosis And Your Reptile
Coccidiosis is caused by a single-celled parasite, or protozoa, and can be especially dangerous to Bearded Dragons.
Mites And Your Reptile
Amazingly, there are over 250 species of mite which can affect reptiles. Thankfully, most of these are very rare or not found in the UK. Spider-like, and ranging in size from as small as 0.1mm, many mites are not parasitic at all and are in fact free-living – some mites in fact are really useful, working as decomposters in our environment!