Why Flea and Tick Control is Important for Every Pet

When most pet owners think of the risks associated with parasites, they sometimes make the mistake of assuming it’s only a rural problem. In truth, parasites exist everywhere, including those peskiest of pests – fleas and ticks.

Flea and tick control is often given second stage to heartworm prevention, but these prolific little critters can wreck havoc on the health of pets and people. Keep reading to learn more about the perils of parasites and how you can better protect your pet.

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The Right Way to Remove a Tick from Your Pet

Man paddles a kayak with dog in lapYou’re petting your dog, when all of a sudden you feel that foreboding little lump… Yuck! It’s a tick! Now what? How do I remove a tick!?

Your first reaction may be to pull that pest off of your pet’s skin as quickly as you can. However, when done incorrectly, the head of the tick can remain embedded in your pet’s skin and continue to pose risk of diseases like Lyme disease.

To safely remove a tick (and educate you as to why it matters), your friends at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services have compiled tick removal tips and information regarding one of our least favorite outdoor nuisances. Continue…

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Protecting Your Pet Against Heartworm Disease

New MosquitoCases of heartworm disease among dogs and cats have been on the rise over the past five years. Yet, many pet owners falsely believe it’s something that happens to “someone else’s pet” or only in rural areas.

Misconceptions about heartworm disease have led to the proliferation of the disease, expensive veterinary bills, and, sadly, the untimely deaths of tens of thousands of pets a year.

 

 

Heartworm: A Growing Concern

Heartworm disease affects every state in the U.S. and is most often found in coastal climates where mosquitoes tend to thrive. Although heartworm is much more common in dogs, we are seeing more cats and ferrets diagnosed, especially among shelter populations.

It is currently estimated that over one million dogs are infected with heartworm, and yet only 30% of these cases will be diagnosed by a veterinarian.  Further to this, roughly only half of dog owners keep their pets on a preventive.

This vulnerability in canines (as well as in unprotected cats) and the increasing presence of urban wildlife, which play host to the parasite as well, illuminate why this disease continues to spread. Continue…

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