April's the time to think about Flea, Tick & Heartworm prevention for your pet.

Heartworm is transmitted when an infected mosquito ingests heartworm larvae in the blood of an infected animal and then bites a second animal, causing a new infection. Treating a heartworm infection is costly and may even be fatal. In the case of heartworm, an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure. 
Lyme Disease is a bacterial disease transmitted to dogs from the bite of an infected tick. Lyme disease can damage kidneys and cause painful muscles and joints. The risk that your dog comes into contact with ticks is highest when the temperature is above freezing and if your pet has access to areas of forests or fields of long grass.

A comprehensive plan to deal with ticks includes:

  • Avoiding areas where ticks may be
  • The use of a veterinary approved tick control product for your dog
  • Physically inspect your pet after being outside.

If you find a tick, please call us for the correct method to remove it.
Removing a tick incorrectly could potentially create more problems.

Now is the time to bring your dog in to see us for a quick blood test that may save his/her life.

Fleas can not only give your pets tapeworms, a severe infestation can cause anemia because fleas survive by drinking your pets’ blood. Fleas thrive in warm and moist environments and are attracted to the warm bodies of our pets so they can lay their eggs. This is why we can expect an increase in flea outbreaks in the warmer months of the year.

Adult fleas spend almost their entire life on an animal host. The rest of the population, made up of flea eggs, pupae and larvae, can be found in your pet’s environment (your home) and you must kill them all to clear up the problem. Typically, when we protect an animal against fleas, we think of our dogs first. However, it is important to remember that our cats need protection too. Even indoor cats are susceptible.

Non-pesticide, safe, easy to use veterinary approved prevention and treatments are available.These products kill fleas already on your pet and in your home and can also protect pets from other parasites including heartworm and ticks. It is also important to regularly clean surfaces where your dog or cat spends most of their time and wash your pet’s bedding frequently in hot soapy water

Ask us about the best options for your pets!

CAUTION: Some over the counter non-veterinary flea treatments can be lethal to cats.