Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes aren’t just a summer problem! Warming temperatures mean year-round prevention is key to making sure your pet is protected from these pests or the diseases they may carry. Don’t overlook the problems they can cause: Fleas often trigger dermatitis, tapeworm, and hot spots; one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and mosquitoes carry potentially deadly heartworm.
In addition to preventive medications, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis if they’ve been outdoors. Although fleas and ticks can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck, and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt.
Both the incidence of Lyme disease from tick bites and heartworm from mosquitoes are on the rise around the country. Lyme disease is rarely fatal, but heartworm is more so because often there are no symptoms until the disease is well advanced. While there is a treatment for dogs, it can be expensive and very hard on your pet.
What is Heartworm? Heartworm basics from the American Heartworm Society
Intestinal Parasites are a major concern to your pet’s health, too.
For more detailed information for both canines and felines, please use these helpful links below.
Did you know that your dog’s monthly preventive medication (like Heartgard and Sentinel) can prevent Intestinal parasite infections?
Call us or visit our online pharmacy to get your refills of preventive medications!
Prevention is always the best treatment!
For canine prevention against parasites, we recommend Simparica Trip. Simparica Trio is the first monthly chewable to protect dogs against heartworm disease, five types of ticks, fleas, roundworms and hookworms.
For feline prevention, we recommend revolution PLUS. Revolution PLUS is a monthly, quick-drying topical solution that protects both indoor and outdoor cats against fleas, ticks, ear mites, round worms, hookworms, and heartworms.
Your Appanasha Pet Clinic veterinarian can help you create a plan that is right for your pet. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 920-725-8307.