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Summer is Coming!

May 2, 2013  |  parasite prevention, pet care
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Let's Keep Them Safe

As the weather gets warmer (and fast!), we are spending more time outdoors with our pets. We wanted to take a few moments and remember the warm weather risks for our furry friends. In the next few weeks we'll go over these risks and what you can do to keep your pet(s) safe.

Parasites

These pesky bugs are everywhere! Intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and coccidia can be lurking in the soil and in the fecal matter of animals. Ticks inhabit forests, grassy meadows, and wetlands. They especially like areas around bodies of water, including ponds and streams in subdivisions. Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes. As the season gets even warmer we will start to see even more fleas. 
While these hitchhikers are a bother, they can also be dangerous. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea and weight loss. Roundworms and hookworms are contagious to people. Ticks have the potential to spread blood bourne diseases like Lyme's disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Heartworms invade the heart and lungs and can be fatal if left untreated. Fleas can cause allergic responses that can lead to skin infection. Fleas also carry tapeworms. 

Don't worry! You don't have to keep Fido in a protective bubble. There are numerous options for parasite prevention. Oral Tri-heart, which is similar to Heart-guard, prevents most intestinal parasites as well as preventing heartworm disease. Trifexis, which is also a chewable tablet, prevents heartworm disease, fleas, and most intestinal parasites. For tick prevention, Vectra 3-D is a great choice. It is a topical medication that repels and kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and sand fleas. If you use it in conjunction with Tri-heart, you've got your bases covered. If you don't like topical medicines for your pet, we also have the Preventic Collar. It is worn around your dog's neck and kills and repels tick for three months. We recommend using it with monthly Trifexis to keep all those pests at bay.