Parasite Prevention

Yes, it is that time of year again.  When the weather starts warming up so do our favorite little bugs and parasites.  Our biggest concerns this time of year are Heartworms, Roundworms, Hookworms, Ear Mites, Fleas, and Ticks.

Heartworm is a disease transferred by mosquitoes.  Heartworms live in the hearts and lungs of dogs and cats.  If left untreated it can be fatal.  Treatment for Heartworm is expensive and difficult.  It is much easier to prevent Heartworm by using a consistent preventative.  We recommend either Heartgard Plus or ProHeart6 for dogs and Revolution for cats.

Roundworms are year round parasites that spread to dogs and cats through an environment contaminated with feces of infected animals.  Roundworms live in your pet's intestine and cause diarrhea and other problems.  It is possible for Roundworm to spread to people, and especially children in the same manner.  

Hookworms are also a year round problem in this area.  Both dogs and cats can be infected if they ingest eggs or larvae in contaminated feces or soil.  Hookworms cause many similar problems as Roundworms and are prevented in the same way. Like Roundworm, Hookworms can also cause problems in people.  

You can protect your pets and your family from these parasites all year with the same products as those used to treat heartworm disease!

Ear Mites can affect both dogs and cats, but are more damaging in cats.  Ear Mites feed on the ear lining and cause irritation and brown crusty debris.  Revolution will help keep this nasty parasite off your cats.

Fleas are a nuisance for pet owners and a horrible discomfort to pets.  They can cause itching and hair loss to the skin and can quickly infest an entire household. Pets can pick up fleas just from being outdoors (and especially from interacting with wildlife like the dog pictured!)  

Ticks are a big problem for dogs during the summer months in this area.  Certain ticks can carry diseases like Lyme and Ehrlichia.  

By using Nexgard or Vectra for your dogs, and Revolution on your cats you can keep this pesky bug from irritating your pets.

Spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoors with your pets.  With the right preventative care you can feel comfortable knowing that your pets and family are protected.  If you have questions or need to purchase any of these products please call our clinic.  More information on these products and the parasites they protect against can be obtained at...