No matter how healthy your pets may be, staying on top of their flea, tick, and heartworm prevention is vital. Although you may believe that your pets are free and safe from these issues, you should still be cautious. If you are a resident of Philadelphia, PA, the following is a closer look at the necessity of flea, tick, and heartworm prevention, and how we at Caring Hands Veterinary Clinic can help.
Whether you realize it or not, heartworms are a major issue that is the result of mosquito bites. In fact, experts say that there are over 70 different species that can transmit heartworms in your pets. Moreover, during peak seasons, your dogs can be bitten as many as 500 mosquitoes per day. Therefore, taking your pets to a vet clinic to help prevent them from contracting heartworms is something that should be taken very seriously and should be done all-year-round. You can give your pets heartworm preventative medicine in a form a pill or topical to protect them. You could also have a veterinarian administer a six month injectable preventative to your pets if you are too busy to give your animals a pill or topical medication.
Fleas, on the other hand, not only cause your pets to itch, scratch, and bleed, but they are also highly contagious and can infect other pets as well as other members of your family. Moreover, fleas can cause both tapeworms and cat-scratch disease. Tapeworms can lead to severe gastrointestinal issues, as well as an array of other serious health issues. Cat-scratch disease is a disease that is on the rise among cats and often goes undiagnosed until the symptoms are too severe to ignore.
Our vet recommends that you give your pets a topical medicine or an oral medicine to ward off fleas. Our veterinarian also suggests that you check your pets often after being outdoors, keep the house clean, and use a flea collar for your animals.
Additionally, ticks are known to cause diseases of all kinds. For instance, Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease, and many other diseases have been connected to being bitten by ticks. If you wish to keep your pets protected, you should be having them screened on a regular basis and give them vet-approved products to repel the ticks.