Your pet is an easy target for small insects and parasites like fleas, ticks and heartworm-carrying mosquitos. These pesky critters feed on your pet and can potentially infect them with deadly diseases.
Ticks lurk around in tall grass and shrubs, where they then latch onto your pet and feed on their blood. These tiny pests are nearly microscopic, but despite their size they can be very deadly to your pet. One tick bite can carry many fatal diseases including:
- Lyme disease
- Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
- Ehrlichiosis Anaplasmosis
Ticks are also hazardous to you and your family, too. In rare instances, animal-to-human transfer can happen, so you must make special care to check your pet as well as yourself, particularly after woodland outdoor activities.
Fleas are bloodsucking insects that feed on mammals and lay eggs in their fur. They can transmit harmful parasites which include Murine Typhus as well as Tapeworms, and fleas can also cause anemia and dermatitis. They can also reproduce rapidly, as nearly as 50 times a day, which makes flea infestation a high threat to your pet’s well-being as well as to your home.
Heartworm is a nasty disease affecting our pets, and mosquitoes transmit it from pet to pet. As the name suggests, heartworms live in the heart, and they can also thrive in the lungs and blood vessels. Because they constrict blood flow, they can damage internal organs and cause lung disease and heart failure.
Administering monthly oral or topical heartworm preventative medication year-round is your pet’s best defense against heartworm, and annual heartworm tests verify that the medication is working. We have many different types of heartworm preventatives available and your Seagrove Animal Hospital veterinarian can help you decide which one is best for your pet.
Worried About Heartworms? Come See Us on Wednesday!
Heartworms are serious business. They weaken your pet’s heart and overall cardiovascular system and can even shorten their life. The good news is that heartworm is completely preventable. We want every pet to be protected. That’s why, at Seagrove Animal Hospital, we’ve instituted Heartworm Wednesdays.
If you bring your pet in on a Wednesday, they’ll get a free heartworm test when you purchase a six months’ supply of heartworm preventative. Should your pet test positive for the disease, we’ll discuss treatment options free of charge.
We take prevention for the above pests very seriously at Seagrove Animal Hospital. For any additional questions or to schedule an exam for your pet, request an appointment online or give us a call at (336) 873-7997.