A vital aspect of preventive health care for your pet is to protect them against parasites. Heartworms, fleas, ticks and other internal and external parasites are much more than just pests; they can cause life-threatening conditions in your pet — and cause severe health problems for you and your family.
Fleas are most abundant during the warm weather and if left untreated they can be a nuisance year-round. Your pet can be allergic to fleas, and even just one bite can result in a severely painful skin infection. Fleas can also transmit tapeworms. Although ticks are less of a problem in our area, they can carry a variety of serious illnesses, including Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. If your pet is at risk for exposure to ticks, please talk to one of our veterinarians about the precautions you can take.
Heartworm disease is a serious, life-threatening disease transmitted by mosquitoes. It affects dogs and, to a lesser extent, cats. In the U.S., heartworm disease is most common along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from the Gulf of Mexico to New Jersey and along the Mississippi River, but it has been reported in dogs in all 50 states. Clinical symptoms of heartworm disease develop very slowly. Early symptoms include lack of energy, exercise intolerance, coughing and difficulty breathing.
Fortunately, there are many safe and effective flea and tick control and heartworm preventive products available, and our veterinary team will help you choose the correct regimen based on your pet’s risk factors and health status. We can also provide expert advice on keeping your whole household safe from parasitic infection. For more information, please set up an appointment with us to discuss parasite prevention. Protect your pet and your family today!