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Pet Protection: Fleas & Heartworms

Pet Protection:

Fleas & Heartworms

Summer is here and with our drought conditions we have seen even more fleas and ticks about. These pesky insects are a problem in our area year-round, but we do tend to see a surge of infestations this time of year. We can’t stress enough the importance of year-round flea and heartworm prevention for all dogs and cats. With proper prevention, your pets should not have a problem with the seasonal influx. Keeping your pets on year-round prevention also protects them from the diseases associated with these parasites.

Fleas spread blood parasites, cause skin infections and hair loss, and can also lead to tapeworm infections. Fleas infest our homes and can take a lot of time and effort to get rid of. One female flea can lay 2,000 eggs, meaning just one flea can multiply to thousands of fleas on your pet and in your home in just 21 days. Adult fleas spend most of their lives feasting on your pet—one flea can bite up to 400 times a day.

Heartworm is another dangerous disease that we can prevent. Many people get the idea that they can put their pets on heartworm preventives seasonally or whenever they see mosquitoes. Unfortunately, mosquitoes are a year-round presence in our area which means our pets are exposed year-round. Dogs AND CATS can get heartworm. Indoor pets are just as much at risk as our outdoor pets because mosquitoes, the roaches of the air, are everywhere. This is a very real and very fatal disease that is very easy to prevent.

Prevention is key, and not all flea and heartworm products work the same. Revolution® is available for both dogs and cats and not only prevents heartworm, but also protects against fleas and ear mites. This product is applied topically at the back of the neck instead of orally. Another product available for both flea and tick prevention is Nexgard®. This is a once a month chewable tablet, often combined with Heartgard for full spectrum parasite control.

Not sure what prevention is best for your pet? Give us a call and we can discuss which product or product combination is best for your pet’s specific health and lifestyle. Please don’t hesitate to discuss proper flea, tick, and heartworm prevention with our doctors and staff!