Fleas, ticks and heartworm aren’t just a summer problem—year-round prevention is the key to making sure your pet is protected from these ailments. Don’t overlook the problems they can cause: fleas often trigger dermatitis, tapeworm and hot spots, one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and mosquitoes carry potentially deadly heartworm.
Preventive medications are the key to battling these nasty parasites. For fleas and ticks, you should check your pet for these on a daily basis during this time of the year. This can be done while you are playing with your best friend or grooming them. Although they can be anywhere on your pet’s body, they prefer posting up near the head, ears, neck and paws. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt.
Heartworm disease is very serious for pets, as it can result in heart failure, lung disease and even death. Heartworms are spread through mosquito bites, which results in worms producing offspring inside your pet. These worms live in the heart, lungs and blood vessels of an infected animal. Preventative medications are the best—and cheapest—way to combat heartworm. At 43rd Avenue Animal Hospital, we recommend ProHeart 6—ask us about this today!
For more information on fleas, ticks and heartworm, or to schedule an appointment, call us at 602-705-0536.