Companion Animal Flea, Tick, and Heartworm
posted: May 28, 2019.
As the weather becomes nicer, evening walks become more frequent with our companion animals. Unfortunately, pests such as fleas, ticks, and other bugs enjoy the warmer weather as well. It’s important to start up your flea, tick, and heartworm prevention protocols before the pests get out of hand as the months progress into the summer. Regarding heartworm, the American Heartworm Society recommends that all dogs over 7 months of age receive a heartworm test yearly to ensure that there is no heartworm currently in your companion animal before starting your protocol up again. It’s important to note that if heartworm prevention medications are given when your companion animal has heartworm, it will result in a fatal diagnosis, so please schedule your annual heartworm test with your local veterinarian soon! Additionally, fleas and ticks are concentrated around bodies of water and areas with bushes, trees, and other forages, and they transmit diseases. Parasite prevention also may require treating your home and yard, as well as keeping your pet out of areas mentioned above. Please note that flea and tick control products meant for your dog should not be used on cats, and vice versa. In order to schedule your next heartworm test or if you have any questions regarding the best heartworm, flea, and tick products to give to your companion animal, please contact your local veterinarian soon! http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/flea-and-tick-prevention https://d3ft8sckhnqim2.cloudfront.net/images/pdf/2018-Canine-Guidelines-Highlights.Fin al.pdf?1544802318 https://www.heartwormsociety.org/veterinary-resources/american-heartworm-society-gui delines