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FLEA, TICK, AND PARASITE PREVENTION

We provide safe and effective flea and tick prevention for dogs and cats. There are several different options that we are happy to discuss with you. We believe in prevention so we encourage the use of flea and tick prevention.

Fleas

Fleas are wingless insects that are capable of jumping great heights. They are quite tough and can live up to 100 days on their hosts and lay anywhere from 20 to 40 eggs per day. Fleas prefer warm temperatures, making your pet an ideal host. In addition to biting your pet and causing itchiness and possibly skin sores, fleas can transmit tapeworms to your pet.

Ticks

Ticks are a type of arachnid that spends most of their lives living off of their host. Ticks are capable of laying thousands of eggs at one time, and can survive even in near freezing temperatures. Compared to fleas, ticks are much more resilient and tougher to kill. Many potentially deadly diseases such as Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be transmitted by tick bites, so it’s crucial to protect your pet against ticks.

Parasites

Intestinal parasites include worms and protozoan parasites. The common worms are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. Coccidia, and Giardia are also common intestinal parasite infections in our area. We recommend cats and dogs have a stool test at least yearly to check for these intestinal parasites.

Heartworm

Heartworm infection is caused by a parasite that mosquito bites can pass to your dog. Heartworm infection damages dogs hearts and lungs and is deadly if untreated. Prevention is easy and safe. We recommend that all dogs take a monthly heartworm preventive. We also recommend a yearly blood test that screens for heartworm infection and for Lyme infection and other tick-borne diseases.