Heartworms threaten nearly 50 million dogs each year with
death or permanent disability. But the heartworm is only one of several
common parasites that threaten your dog’s well-being.
there are few outward signs, many parasites go undetected, eventually
causing damage to the heart, lungs or digestive tract. Parasites can be
passed easily between dogs and cats and are even passed occasionally to
humans. They are especially dangerous to puppies and kittens.
agree ongoing parasite control is better for your pet than treating a
serious parasite problem after it develops. Now, with a single convenient
monthly tablet, you can protect your dog from dangerous and most common
parasites – heartworms, roundworms, whipworms and hookworms.
canine parasites, heartworms are the most life threatening. If left
untreated, they are almost always fatal. Once concentrated in warmer
climates with heavy mosquito populations, heartworms are spreading rapidly
throughout the country. Heartworms live primarily in the heart of the dog,
where mature females release thousands of tiny larvae called microfilaria
into the bloodstream. Come in for your dog to be tested and learn the rest
of the life cycle and how to protect your pet by one of our staff members.
ticks pose a real health threat. When fleas bite, they suck blood and this
causes itching and irritation. Fleas can also spread disease and cause
medical problems for your pet such as flea allergy dermatitis, which is the
most common allergic skin disease of dogs and cats. They can also cause
secondary skin irritations, tapeworms and cat scratch disease, which can be
transmitted from cats to humans. Severe infestations can cause anemia and
even death in puppies and kittens. Ticks are the carriers of diseases such
as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Erlichiosis, which affect
humans as well as their pets.
way to protect your pet and home from fleas and ticks is to start with early
prevention. There are many products that are available to protect your
pet. Our staff members would be glad to discuss the various products and
help you choose the one that is best suited for you and your pet.