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Ticks, Mosquitoes, Fleas and Intestinal Parasites are not things you want to take lightly. Whether your pet is an “indoor” or “outdoor” pet, they are at risk.

At Beverly Animal Hospital, we recommend year round Tick and Flea preventatives. Despite the common myth, ticks are out all year round- even in the winter. Fleas are also out all year round- when it starts to get cold, fleas love to come into your home to stay warm and infect your pets.

Ticks can spread many diseases, such as, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis. These diseases can cause your pet to have lameness, swelling in their joints, loss of appetite, fevers, depression and even kidney failure.

Fleas can also cause medical issues. If fleas are ingested, pets can contract tapeworms, an intestinal parasite. Fleas can also cause skin issues. A flea infestation can occurred in your home rapidly and it can take up to six months (sometimes longer) to clear the infestation.

Using a Tick and Flea preventative once monthly, all year round will not only keep your pet safe, but you safe also. Tick and Flea preventatives come in different forms. For dogs, we recommend the Seresto Collar, Nexgard Chewable Tablet or Advantix, a monthly topical. For cats, we recommend the Seresto Collar, Advantage Multi, a monthly topical or Frontline Gold, a monthly topical. Call us today to discuss which option is best for your pet.

To learn more about ticks in your area, visit: http://www.dogsandticks.com/

We also recommend year round Heartworm preventative to protect against Heartworm Disease which is contracted from infected mosquitoes. If contracted, it causes coughing, lethargy, reduced appetite and weight loss. In some cases, Heartworm disease can cause heart failure, lung failure or death. The costs and risks of contracting and treating Heartworm Disease are must higher than giving monthly preventatives.

Heartworm disease is in every state, across the United States. With our seasons changing so rapidly, mosquitoes are out longer in the season and reappear earlier in the year. “Mosquito season” is a thing of the past and it is essential pets receive their preventatives year round. Heartworm preventative is a flavored, chewable tablet. We recommend Heartgard Plus or Interceptor Plus. Call us today to discuss which option is best for your pet. 

Some Heartworm preventatives also help prevent common intestinal parasites, such as hookworm, roundworm, whipworm and tapeworms. If your pet contracts an intestinal parasite, it could cause diarrhea, bloody stool, vomiting and an overall decline in health. Intestinal parasites can not only be early transmitted from one pet to another, but they can also be transmitted to human. Practicing proper hygiene, giving preventatives and checking a fecal sample yearly will keep your pet, your family and you safe from intestinal parasites.

       

To learn more about Heartworm Disease, visit: https://www.heartwormsociety.org/ 

To learn more about Intestinal Parasites in your area, visit: http://www.petsandparasites.org/  or http://www.petsandparasites.org/parasite-prevalence-maps/ 

All products Beverly Animal Hospital recommends can be purchased through our hospital or through our hospitals online pharmacy for your convenience.