Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes aren’t just a summer problem! Warming temperatures mean year-round prevention is key to making sure your pet is protected from these pests or the diseases they may carry. Don’t overlook the problems they can cause: fleas often trigger dermatitis, tapeworm, and hot spots; one tick bite can transmit numerous dangerous diseases and mosquitoes carry potentially deadly heartworm.
In addition to preventive medications, you should thoroughly check your pets for fleas and ticks on a daily basis if they’ve been outdoors. You can spot evidence of fleas if you notice little black specks that resemble pepper or bits of dirt. We recommend checking stools annually for internal parasites.
Lyme disease from tick bites and heartworm from mosquitoes are on the rise around the country. Lyme disease can be debilitating, and heartworm can cause serious cardiac disease. While there is a treatment for dogs, it can be expensive and very hard on your pet.
Prevention is always the best treatment! For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 707-839-9414.