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 monthly preventative. We recommend Heartgard Plus 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. You can protect your pets and your family all year with Heartgard Plus for dogs, and Revolution for cats.
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. Using monthly Heartgard Plus for your dogs and monthly Revolution for your cats will help to keep everyone safe and healthy.
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!) By using Frontline on your dogs, and Revolution on your cats you can keep this pesky bug from irritating your pets.
Ticks are a big problem for dogs during the summer months in this area. Certain ticks can carry diseases like Lyme and Ehrlichia. Certifect and Frontline are two products that will kill ticks within 24-48 hours and thus help prevent them from spreading any diseases.
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...