THIS SUMMER, EVERY DOG AND CAT NEED BOTH HEARTWORM PREVENTATIVE
AND A MONTHLY TOPICAL FLEA AND TICK PREVENTATIVE.
In the past, during the cold winter months, I gave my dogs a couple of months off their topical flea and tick medicine. Especially since they receive some protection through their monthly heartworm preventative. However, in recent years it seems that the flea and tick season arrives earlier and earlier. This year all of the experts agree that due to our mild winter we can expect one of the worst summers ever for parasites. Give your dog the protection they need. Every dog can “host” parasites and you may not even know about it. Even indoor pets can be exposed!
This summer the flea and tick preventative in your heartworm medication is absolutely NOT going to adequately protect your dog or cat from fleas and ticks. In fact, beginning in June until early October, I will personally be applying my dog’s topical medication every 3 weeks instead of every 4 weeks. When my dogs vacationed with me on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, it was standard practice to apply topical every 3 weeks because of the infestation around the natural buffers that surrounds the bay.
Ticks and Fleas:
Ticks and fleas are blood-drinking parasites that can also cause serious illness in pets. Ticks can transmit infections like Lyme disease, and fleas can transmit tapeworms and cause allergies. You can sometimes see ticks or fleas on your pet, but for the most part, they are very difficult to find. A monthly medication can control them.
Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes, and they can infect dogs and cats. Even indoor pets aren’t completely safe from heartworms, since 25% of heartworm infected cats live completely indoors. Heartworms can damage the lungs and heart, and can even cause death. Fortunately, heartworm preventive medications can protect your pets from these dangerous parasites.
Hookworms, roundworms, and other intestinal parasites can harm pets. Some of these parasites are even transmissible to humans, so preventing parasites in your pets also helps protect children and other family members. A veterinary examination and routine fecal testing can identify intestinal parasites, and many monthly heartworm preventive medications safely and effectively control them. Ask us how to protect your pets and family.
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