Pets can carry both external (fleas and ticks) and internal parasites (heartworms and intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms). Both types can cause serious harm to our pets. Your pet should be free from both internal and external parasites. Fleas and ticks can be extremely irritating to pets and can cause serious skin issues and can carry disease causing organisms. Fleas can cause flea allergy dermatitis and tapeworm infestation whereas tick bites are known to transmit different types of infections in pets and humans. Ticks can transmit Lyme disease, Ehrlichiosis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Babesiosis, and others. Every pet should receive year-round broad-spectrum parasite control with efficacy against heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas and ticks.
As per American Heartworm Society, more than one million pets in the U.S. have heartworms. Heartworm disease is a devastating disease that begins with a single mosquito bite and unrecognized and untreated heartworm infections can be fatal. Heartworms are transmitted when an infected mosquito bites your pet. Heartworms are parasites that live in the heart and surrounding blood vessels. The adult heartworm produces offspring called microfilariae, which circulate in the pet’s blood. We highly recommend year-round heartworm prevention for cats and dogs. We offer comprehensive heartworm treatment and prevention.
Heartworm disease is preventable and the best treatment for heartworms is prevention. An annual blood test is highly recommended to screen for heartworms. The disease can be treated if found early. Our veterinary team is happy to help you choose the correct preventative regimen based on your pet’s risk factors and health status. We offer various topical, oral and injectable options for heartworm prevention.
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