Flea, tick and heartworm prevention isn’t just a summer thing—year-round protection from these pests could be a life saver.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council reports that for the fourth year in a row, cases of heartworm infection and Lyme disease are forecasted to be above normal across the country. Ticks carry Lyme disease, which is zoonotic—meaning it can be passed to people—and mosquitos are responsible for spreading heartworm, a deadly parasite that often goes undetected in pets until it is very advanced. Fleas can transit tapeworm and even make your pet anemic.
Because flea, tick, and mosquito numbers are tied to heat and humidity, an early spring can make these insects active earlier and later in any season. There’s really no way to “time” the preventive medications so that your pet is safe, so the best way to avoid disease is by keeping your pet on parasite prevention throughout the year.
We carry many different flea, tick and heartworm preventives and can help you determine which one is best for your pet. For more information, call us at (440) 585-3600.