Fleas and Ticks and Heartworms, Oh My!

As the weather warms up, we start thinking of green grass, sunny days, and parasites! Just as we start venturing out into Spring air, the fleas, ticks, and heartworms are getting ready to party as well!

The best offense is always a good defense and now is the time to make sure your pet is fully protected. Fleas and ticks can quickly move into our houses and reproduce in the carpets, cracks in the floors, walls, and upholstery. The fleas you see on your pet only represent 5% of the fleas in the environment! Ticks are not only creepy and gross, they can carry blood diseases like Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme disease. These diseases are a danger to both dogs and people. Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which quickly appear as the weather warms. These worms actually fill your pet’s heart and large vessels and can be fatal. They are also very expensive to treat. Finally intestinal parasites increase in the warmer months as well.

Thankfully our vets can make protecting your pet against parasites easy! We offer multiple options for intestinal and heartworm control, including Sentinel (which also prevents fleas from reproducing, Interceptor Plus (which also controls tapeworms), and Trifexis (which also includes a flea killer), and Proheart, which is a 6 month heartworm prevention injection. Bravecto is a 3 month oral flea and tick prevention that is incredibly safe and effective, and now there is also a topical version that also lasts 3 months. Call us today to make sure nothing bugs your pet this spring and summer!

By |2018-03-20T20:26:19+00:00February 19th, 2018|Countryside Veterinary Hospital News|Comments Off on Fleas and Ticks and Heartworms, Oh My!