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Posts Tagged: Parasite Prevention

Enough to Tick You Off: What Can Happen When Parasite Prevention Lapses

parasite preventionUnless you’re an entomologist, parasites probably bug you. They’re creepy, crawly, and have the potential to cause all sorts of health problems in your pet. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are the main offenders, but with year-round parasite prevention you can kick them to the proverbial curb.

No Fleas! Please?

Fleas get inside the home via pets or people. Mostly picked up in woodpiles, leaf litter, shady areas, mulch, or grass thatch, they can be deposited there by squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, opossums, and others.

While they can wreak havoc in your house, a single flea can lay eggs on your pet, developing into larvae, pupae, and adult fleas before you know it. Because it can take a few months to fully eradicate a flea infestation, it’s best to stop the cycle before it starts by using a monthly parasite preventative year round.

Likewise, fleas can remain dormant inside your home during the colder months, only to awake and take over when the spring comes.

Tic-Tac-Toe

Blood-suckers already have a pretty terrible reputation, but when they spread disease, they become truly awful. Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis, and anaplasmosis are all transmitted from ticks to pets (and other animals). However, when parasite prevention is maintained throughout the year, your pet is protected from threats like the deer tick, brown dog tick, lone star tick, and American dog tick.

Lyme disease has been found in all 50 states. If your pet frequents wooded areas, we recommend having him or her tested for tick-borne disease and vaccinated against Lyme disease. But remember, your pet doesnt have to be in the deep woods to pick up ticks – they can easily be in your own backyard so you should be checking your pet often.

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Parasite Roulette? Beat the Odds With Year-Round Heartworm Prevention

Adult Golden Retriever Scratching fleasThere are many things we enjoy doing year-round, but being bitten by mosquitos is definitely not one of them. While other parts of the country may get a seasonal break from all the buzzing and itching, we Alabamians must endure these disease-spreading pests year-round.

However, the danger of these blood-suckers goes way beyond Zika and West Nile virus. Heartworm disease is a potentially deadly condition that can be transmitted to our pets through infected mosquitoes. Keep reading to learn more about how to protect your companion and why heartworm prevention is a year-round priority.

 

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