Flea, Tick and Heartworm Treatment and Prevention
Parasites are actually a common problem for pet owners to deal with. Fleas, ticks, and heartworm can infect both cats and dogs. Treating your pets for parasites as well as controlling them once they have been eradicated is critical for keeping both your pet and your family safe. Heartworm is a serious problem that affects cats and dogs after being bitten by an infected mosquito. The first step is to familiarize yourself with the different types of flea & tick prevention and how to prevent heartworm. If you suspect your pet has parasites, it is important to take them to the Sabadilla Animal Clinic & Laser Center to be examined by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Flea & Tick Prevention
There are several options your veterinarian will have for flea & tick prevention, including:
Flea collars-This is the original type of control product available for pets, and it is still extremely popular. Flea and tick collars work by slowly releasing a small amount of chemicals that gradually spread through your pet’s fur. The area closest to the collar does get the most protection, which, unfortunately, sometimes results in pets being bitten towards their underside and back half of their body. Collars are, however, very effective at stopping tick bites, because ticks typically attack around the neck, head, and ears.
Flea topical-This is a liquid medication that is applied with a drop or two to your pet’s back. It is very effective at controlling both fleas and ticks. It is important that you only use a liquid flea & tick prevention that is recommended by the veterinarian as some can be harmful to pets.
Oral flea medicines-These are pills or liquid that work from the inside out, so the pesticide comes through the skin, killing fleas and ticks from all areas of your pet’s body. One dosage generally only lasts a few days, so they do not last as long as a collar or topical. There may be a risk of side effects as well, so only use as prescribed by the veterinarian.
Heartworm is a serious parasite that may be fatal to your pet. The worms gradually consume the area around the heart and lungs, which can be fatal if not addressed quickly. The best treatment for heartworm is prevention. It is important to keep your pets away from areas that may be infested with mosquitoes. If you suspect your pet may have heartworm, it is important to take them to the animal hospital in Calgary immediately.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
To learn more information about protecting your pet from fleas, ticks, and heartworm, contact our staff at Sabadilla Animal Clinic & Laser Center in Calgary. You can call us at (403) 237-PETS (7387) to schedule an appointment today!